Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tea Cups

When we were at Disneyland this summer we took the kids on the Tea Cups. Waiting in line all three were equally excited. Bright spinning cups floated around the sun-lit garden in a dance set to fairytale music. When the gate opened they ran across the platform and jumped in. We smiled at each other, our knees pressed together in a tight circle. The music started and the big kids pushed and pulled with purpose on the wheel that eventually started our little family spinning, faster and faster, each rotation changing the expression on the baby’s face. Anticipation turned to worry which eventually broke into dizzied terror.

Such is life. Glossy carriages and loud music that propel us round and round the same territory with speed that blurs our vision and renders the periphery irrelevant. Speed that forces us to tilt our heads towards center, lest the laws of gravity and force multiply against our weary skulls.

This week Sis starts kindergarten and Momma begins a doctoral program. And I think of us in line for the Tea Cups, eager for our chance to ride. The speed turned our stomachs and the baby cried, but there was lots of laughter and it made for good pictures and memories. So, here’s to the school year. May the God we love be glorified in our minds, even when we are dizzy.

“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

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