–Page 173, Spring with the Moodys—
… “Emily, I donâ€™t know what brought this to mind, but our anniversary is fast approaching. Do you have any ideas for how youâ€™d like to celebrate?â€
Mom shook her head. â€œDinner out would be hard with the twins.â€
Max glanced at Mollie and Mitch and then back at Dad and Mom. â€œWeâ€™ve been discussing an idea,â€ Max said. â€œWould you mind if I told you?â€
â€œGo ahead, Max.â€
â€œWe thought we could make a really special dinner for you. Itâ€™d be like your own little restaurant here at home. Grandma even said she would watch the twins that evening.â€
Dad saw the pleasure in Momâ€™s eyes. â€œI like your idea!â€ Dad agreed. â€œIâ€™ll give you money to buy whatever you need for the meal. Maybe Grandpa can take you grocery shopping.â€
By four, the dessert was finished and chilling in the refrigerator. Max and Mitch continued to work on the lasagna. Dad called and told the children heâ€™d be home soon. He asked if he should come in the front door to avoid seeing anything. â€œYes, that would probably be good,â€ Max said. â€œAlthough youâ€™ll be able to smell what weâ€™re preparing!â€ Six was the time set for the big dinner.
They lingered at the table, reminiscing over the last few years. When they were done, they walked into the kitchen. Dad and Mom hugged each child. Mom had tears running down her face. â€œThank you so much. Dad and I decided this has been our best anniversary. I canâ€™t tell you how much weâ€™ve enjoyed it!â€
Thursday afternoon, I read Chapter 19 aloud to my precious nieces. They listened quietly and attentively. I emphasized words as I read. Abby was thinking, but she couldn’t figure out what it all meant to her, until the end, when I explained.
Part 2 of this series coming soon!
“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.”