I mean, do you not just love the fashion freedom here?
After I did an epic cleaning job on my boys’ rooms, they all suddenly had “new” clothes in their drawers. The twins gained quite a few pieces of my older son’s – all items I swore would fit them. I think I’m in denial at how fast they are actually growing!
One of my twins was beyond elated when he found this pair of “new” pjs in his room. He immediately put them on and ran to show me. “Look mama, I got new pjs! They are so soft and so cool!” I didn’t have the heart to tell him right away that they were… a bit small.
When I finally did, he said “No mama they fit! I can button all the buttons!” I mean, who am I to argue – it’s covid fashion season anyway in this house.
He wore those soft, cool pjs everywhere… for three straight days. Even when he bathed he managed to sneak them back on. He wore them to play in the backyard in the summer heat. He wore them to watch daddy redo our mailbox. I’m sure cars driving by were pleasantly amused and maybe inspired by the sight of him.
Finally, yesterday, I convinced him to change his clothes. And what did he put on? Mismatched Christmas pjs and another pair of super cool vibrant socks.
This morning as I keep coming back to this photo of him, I am struck by the joy gained from a pair of ill fitting pjs and some striped socks.
I mean he really is just living his best life.
So my prayer for us this morning is that we are open to embrace those things that bring us joy today – even if they don’t “match” and even if we feel we might have outgrown them.
And let us try to pause for a minute in our worry.
May God inspire our hearts and remind us of the wisdom contained in the words of the Gospel: “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow… If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you?” (MT 6: 27-30).
And the wisdom contained in a little boy who found laughter and joy in the summer sun clothed in a shrunken pair of winter pjs.