A miserable heart means a miserable life; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. – Proverbs 15:15
JOY! Late Thursday morning I drove up to South Hill in Virginia for our favored “grandchild exchange” venue. Cracker Barrel is a good place for lunch, and it’s a great place meet halfway between here and Richmond. It seems like every time I eat at a Cracker Barrel, corporate has removed one more of my favorite menu items; but so long as the “David and Beks Special” is included, we’ll keep coming back!
This time around Beks gets her own solo trip to North Carolina. Naomi and David went to Connecticut on their own, Craig stayed in Richmond to work, and Beks gets primo grandparent time here in Wake Forest. It’s pretty much win-win-win-win.
METAPHYSICS: Beks is two and a half now, and she’s a lot of fun. Reading is still her number one activity, and she always has an extra book tucked away under one arm. But there’s been coloring, imagination with the toy animals, “watching grandaddy cook” (she loves the kitchen), and a constant chatter of conversation.
Logistically, one child in the house is much more than one less than two. With kids it’s less math and more metaphysics.
And of course Beks is in love with her Grandmama. Rebekah tells great stories, and Beks laughs this deep belly laugh. We’ve been trying to keep Rebekah quiet this week to help recover her lost voice. What she retrieved Monday through Wednesday, however, she gave right back to Rebekah via books and stories!
REAL JOY! This morning in my men’s Bible study we talked about the difference between happiness and joy. This weekend Rebekah and I are getting a full dose of both.
Beks is hanging around for a week. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
“A miserable heart means a miserable life; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” – Proverbs 15:15
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.