I celebrated the day I pumped my own gas.
We were heading home from hockey when the gas light came on. The station by our home had given up “full serve” and I’d found myself driving out of my way to pump my gas…wasting more than was needed but the thing was…I’d just never done it.
And for some reason, I was terrified to try.
The light “dinged” and Spiderman looked at me with his we’re-gonna-run-out-of-gas-on-the-side-of-the-road look…followed by “Come on Mom, we can do this!”
We pulled into the station and I followed the instructions while he encouraged me along…grabbing my cell phone to take a horribly fuzzy photo that for some reason, means the world to me.
Afterwards, we laughed at my ridiculous accomplishment. How, with the help of my children, I was doing all sorts of things that I’d never done before.
The next day, we purchased our very first BBQ and with a great amount of fear of propane and a lighter in my hand…I turned it on! We celebrated another accomplishment over the best barbecued steak I’ve ever enjoyed…along with awesome cheesecake for dessert…and a whole whack of pride!
Sounds silly but the things is, when your life changes and you’re facing discomfort, doing things you sometimes relied on someone else to do becomes a massive accomplishment…one step at a time.
Through the years, I’ve celebrated a great many “little things.” I’ve toasted over drinks with friends, dessert with my kids…and yes, I sat in the parking lot of a gas station with tears in my eyes…laughing my head off…as my son and I high-fived over pumping gas!
Life is about celebrations. Big ones and small. It’s about finding out who we are…while supported by the ones we love.
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