Holding in a laugh

August 2, 2010

My son keeps me on my toes and laughing.  An hour after I had tucked him in for nap-time today, I kept hearing noises from the bathroom upstairs.  After I heard the noise a third time, I went upstairs to investigate.  What did I find, you ask?  Brady laying on the bathroom mat picking fuzz! 

       I asked him, “What are you doing?”

       He replied, rather sheepishly, “Nothing, just picking fuzz, I do not want to nap!”

      I replied (trying my best to hold in the grin), “It is nap-time.  Go get in bed and go to sleep.”

As I shut the door, I could not help but laugh–there are books and toys in his room just waiting to be played with, but apparently, “picking fuzz from the bathroom mat” was the winning opportunity today!  Ha ha ha! 

It makes me wonder, though…

When do I decide to “pick fuzz” instead of engaging in something more meaningful?
When do I miss what is right in front of me that holds so many possibilities?
(Personal Note:  What does Brady have to teach me about the world of fuzz and why he is intrigued in the first place?)

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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  1. Becky Eldredge

    You and me both, Mark! It was a moment in parenting…I was thankful for my sense of humor.


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