I’m not even sure this would be considered a paradox, but here’s what happened this morning:

Our daughter is a senior in high school, and one of the things she’s looked forward to is the trip math and science seniors take to Chicago. They left at 3:00 A.M. this morning to return around midnight on Saturday. It’s a short trip with a ton of stuff to see and do. The problem is, it’s leaving at 3:00 A.M.! That means that she had to be up at 2:15 A.M. to leave by 2:35. She comes in, wakes us up (like we wanted) and we say good bye.  My wife and I doze back off, but then landline rings once. Usually, when that phone rings, it’s nothing good. My wife answers the phone, and gets a dial tone. So, I start calling my daughter. Called her three times, no reply.


So, we start getting dressed, getting ready to go see if she’s in a ditch or something worse. We tend to be worst case scenario kind of parents, so as we are grabbing keys to head out, and we get the text “just got to school.”


So, the FOURTH time I called, she answers. Yes, she’s there. No, she didn’t call. So, needless to say, it’s hard to go back to sleep when you’ve had “where is my daughter” floating around in my head! But, sleep does come, a whole two hours, but it’s a little bit more.

As I pull into work this morning, the amazing pinks and yellows in the sky, the life that was waking up all around.  I had to stop, and just sit in my truck and watch as the sun rose up over the horizon in all its glory. It something to put the early morning stuff into perspective, that one can stop and enjoy the beauty that is around you.

Needless to say, find those small slices of time that make you stop and watch. They can feed the rest of your day! 🙂