I peeked in the top and said, "Uumm, chocolate! My favorite!! I can even smell it!"
But her young daughter wasn't satisfied that I had found the real gift, the best part yet.
She said, "Look in the bottom of the bag! See it?! Look in the bottom!"
And there it was.
The real gift!
A party blower!
Only a child would have the sense to know what is more important than chocolate.
Celebrating life, laughing over simple things, enjoying the moment, and not worrying about looking foolish while doing it.
And although it may have a short shelf life, that while it lasts it creates long lasting memories.
Lately I have been handed some 'life' gift bags.
What I thought was most important on top can't compare to what is yet to be discovered.
And what appeared to be the "bottom" of some aspects of my life is where the greatest gift is just waiting to yet be uncovered.
I need this lesson right now.
I needed a reminder to celebrate the life I have now with those I love now.
To enjoy the simple things in life while I can, no matter how short that time may be.
That sometimes you have to look past what appears to be the best part, to find what "really" matters, even if you have to wait until you hit bottom.
"A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip." ~Author Unknown