Do you look forward to a piece of chocolate, a picture of a cuddly, furry kitten, or a tiny Lego toy? If you are my 6 year old grandson, the answer is a resounding YES!
On the morning of December 1 at 3:00 a.m., he rushed into his Mommy and Daddy’s room with an intensity of expectation that could only be met with,
“No, it is still night time. You must go back to sleep and wait until your clock says 6:00 a.m.”
To contain and change the energy and force of a young child eager to see his surprise is nearly impossible. I could go into all kinds of parental advice on how to deal with early Advent risers and affirm the affects it has on the whole family as crabby and tired people try to navigate the day, but I really don’t have much to advise.
But it makes me ponder how long has it been since I’ve experienced the force of the anticipation of a surprise?
What will be the surprises on my Advent Calendar this year?
Will I look to a well-known theologian for daily inspiration?
Will I journal each morning about my life to see if a surprise reveals itself?
Will I reflect on the ducks on the pond that I walk around each morning as I notice how steady paddling affects the water?
Will I find time to notice another’s tears?
I wonder if I will truly be open to the force of the anticipations in Advent.
For sure, I’m going to buy a calendar that has chocolates!
Jolene Bergstrom Carlson