Katie will always remember a spontaneous gathering her mother once planned in honor of the calendar date 8/8/88. The idea grew out of the fact that the number eight had always held great significance for them since they had eight people in their family.
The kids in Katie’s clan knew something unusual was up when they were all called home to eat dinner together without notice. Each of the many lessons, sports practices, and activities were quickly cancelled as her family members gathered around their kitchen table, still curious.
After greeting her puzzled family, this clever mother announced that she had placed eight beautiful flowers in the centerpiece, that she had made stir-fry with eight different, delicious ingredients, and that she would be serving ice cream with eight yummy toppings for dessert—all because the date 8/8/88 was so very great!
“It was rare that we had our dad home for dinner since he owned and operated a small retail business, but somehow he managed to sit at the head of our table that evening as we all enjoyed our little ‘party’ together,” Katie fondly recalls. “The spontaneous nature of the evening and my mom’s excitement and creativity really stand out in this memory for me. In her joy to give to us, we all felt joy ourselves.”
I’ll bet Katie’s mother would never have dreamed that her efforts that day would eventually become one of her daughter’s fondest thoughts and memories of life in her parents’ home. It just goes to show, we never really know what will happen when we choose to make the effort.