I leaned back, closed my eyes, and sighed in pleasure as my three-year-old daughter sat on the back of the couch behind me running her small fingers through my hair. It had been a long day. I was exhausted. I didnâ€™t care about what was on television that held the rest of the family enthralled, I just wanted to enjoy the soothing touch of my little girl.
â€œMom.â€ Her breath warmed my ear as she leaned down and spoke close to me.
â€œHmmmm?â€ I could barely find the initiative to answer.
â€œDo you know what this is?â€ My daughter asked. Her fingers kneaded at the crown of my head.
â€œItâ€™s a brain sucker.â€
One of my eyes popped open. Amusement bubbled up. Where had she come up with this? â€œA what?â€
â€œA brain sucker.â€ I could hear the laughter in her tone. â€œDo you know what itâ€™s doing?â€
Of course, I knew the obviousâ€”it was sucking out my brains, but I didnâ€™t want to steal her moment. â€œWhat?â€
She leaned closer to my ear, probably to make sure I heard. â€œItâ€™s starving to death.â€
I burst out laughing. The answer was so unexpected. Where did a little girl come up with something like that? Yet her bit of humor gave me a much needed pick-me-up. Only years later did I learn that her sisters would do that to her, thus giving her the idea for a trick to play on me.
As a writer, Iâ€™m never out of ideas for stories, however there are many times when I run out of energy for writing. I still find that taking the time to laugh or enjoy some small pleasure can give me the best boost of drive that I need.
When life gets you down, take the time to laugh and enjoy the people around you.