Tanner cracked open the Jesus Calling for the day, because, I admit, we haven’t all summer. Moving on.
And he read the sweetest line that stayed with me the remainder of the day: “The Garden of Eden is no more, but the garden of your heart is alive and well.” I’ve never thought of our hearts as a garden. I kinda like the sound of that.
Hours later we grabbed Panda Bear Cereal and Brown Rice & Quinoa Pasta and two bags of those tiny green apples at our local Trader Joe’s. When we got in line, I noticed the most beautiful yellow begonia sitting on the edge of the check-out counter. The thought crossed to have the boys find one in the flower section, but I decided against it, knowing we’d spent a majority of the day before in our happy place- planting fall flowers and bringing fresh life into a new season.
While I waited to swipe my card, the boys ran to the manager to inform her, “We found Dixie the Dolphin” and received two lemony lolli’s. Traders, you have my utmost adoration for hiding a stuffed animal to occupy my squirrelly boys of her whereabouts in exchange for a sugar disc. Fist bump.
I’m chit-chatting with the gal ringing me up. About their corn tortillas and why it’s always a necessity to have at least three bags of their semi-sweet chocolate chip bags on hand. She put the final bag in the cart and I notice her eyes light up.
“Oh, the person in front of you bought this for the next person in line.” She reaches over and hands me the cheery begonia plant and smiles the kindest smile.
I almost cry. “Are you serious? What a love gift.”
She leans in and whispers, “I was hoping it would be a mom,” then winks.
Sometimes we do kind things for strangers and wonder if it goes noticed.
It does, kind stranger. It does.
And today, a sunshiny begonia joined the garden of my heart.