Jimmy had a church meeting one night this week, so Sadie and I decided to make it a girls’ night. It was rainy, so I had an idea. I hadn’t taken her to a mall in ages, and I wanted to see if she would like Claire’s, which is an accessory, jewelry, and toy store for young girls.
She loved it! From the moment we walked into the store, she was enamored with every little knickknack, stuffed animal, toy, accessory, and piece of jewelry. Her face lit up and she was smiling so hard.
I think we stood in front of the headband section alone for a good ten minutes while she tried on tiaras and cat ear headbands and put them on stuffed animals, too. I showed her what a slap bracelet was and she tried on a few backpacks.
It was one of those sweet moments of doing something just for her and so thoroughly enjoying her take delight in everything. I think one of the best parts of being a parent is watching my child revel in something.
God must feel the same way about His children. When he sees us do something we’re passionate about, when we have a moment of pure joy, I imagine He probably smiles and delights in our delight, you know?
What’s funny about the night was that Claire’s wasn’t even the highlight of our little outing for Sadie. We didn’t buy anything there and just enjoyed looking around. What really got Sadie excited was… the escalators throughout the mall. She wanted to go up and down over and over again 😂
The mall we went to also has a Target as one of the anchor shops, so we walked through and picked up mini rainbow marshmallows (Sadie’s latest obsession, except she calls them snowballs 😆) because we had run out. She couldn’t believe there was such a thing as rainbow marshmallows because she had only ever had plain ones. Again, it was such a simple thing, but so sweet seeing her joy.
We came home from our big night out with just a bag of mini marshmallows but the sweetest memories. I hope she is always in awe of the simple things in life!