Wisdom arrives when you realize the importance of the little things. If we’re not careful we spend the majority of our lives waiting on and looking for the milestones and newsworthy, breezing past what seems to be ordinary. One of my favorite ordinary things comes every week ... Sunday morning.
When I was growing up my mom cooked breakfast every day, except Sunday. Sunday was cereal day and that was enough to make it special. It was like we were breaking rules or something by eating cereal. I couldn’t wait to dig through the five pounds of new paper and mull over the comics and I don’t remember not going to church unless we were on vacation. After church we went to Riverdale for the lunch buffet. It was the same every week and even then, I knew it was special.
When my kids were growing up, Sunday mornings were important because Jim Brawner made pancakes. Mickey Mouse pancakes were his specialty. Jim cooked and I wrestled with kids to get everyone out the door to church. Once I remember thinking, “So this is why I got to have cereal on Sunday mornings growing up.” After church we went out for pizza. My kids grew up thinking pancakes, church and pizza is what everyone did on Sunday.
Most Sunday mornings are quieter now. I still look forward to them. What could be better than a big mug of coffee and time in my thinking chair thanking God for the week I just had and looking forward to the one coming up? Jim Brawner and I go to church and then to lunch because that’s just what you do on Sunday mornings.