I spent the late afternoon gardening with my 3 year old daughter B. She was into it for the first 20-30 minutes and then she chose to ride her tricycle around the "blocked in" (I moved my car so she couldn't get out) portion of the driveway.
After some more time passed, she wanted to take a walk around the block so we harnessed up Spartacus (our Jack Russell) and headed out for a stroll. B is really into flowers. She wants to pick all of them and "grow them" in her room (try explaining how that doesn't work to a 3 year old).
On the way around the block, she picked up a dandelion and began to blow on the seeds until they were all gone.
B: Daddy, I made a wish...
Me: You did, what did you wish for. (I was interested because who knows what might come out of her mouth)
B: I wish all of my friends could come to my house.
Me: That is a great wish B!
In that moment I thought about how her wishes will change from this simple, fulfillable longing for community to other things like a large toy to purchase, or some electronic device, or more things like a car, boat, RV, and the list gets bigger and bigger and more extravagant. But she reminded me of a fundamental truth today. From the time we are small until the time we no longer have breath, we want to be surrounded by friends. What I call "community." And if we all could return to our true wish, that often gets hidden under other distractions, I think B has it right - we wish our friends would come over to our house.
This post is brief, but I hope you can have a friend over to your house, and enjoy the community that blesses your life, as you bless others.
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