Pillows, Hoops, & Happiness

It’s kind of funny how the simplest things can bring a smile to your face. We recently purchased a hula-hoop. Yesterday morning my son stood in the living room and practiced spinning it around his waist.  After a very short amount of time, he had it!   He  was able to keep it up and spinning for multiple turns.

When we first brought the hula-hoop home, I tried a couple of times but couldn’t do it. Yesterday, after seeing my son pick it up relatively quickly, I decided to try again.  And, like my son, after a few times of practicing, I did it too. I hula hooped. I haven’t successfully done that in 30 years!

I was unusually pleased with our accomplishments. I even shared a couple short clips on Facebook of our spinning abilities! Those few minutes of learning something again was so fun. It made me laugh. It made me smile. It made me happy.  And, most important, I made a memory with my son.

Our shining hula-hoop moment reminded me of a post I wrote last summer about having a pillow fight with my son. Here’s an excerpt:

I understand one of the reasons why Jesus stressed to his disciples the importance of becoming more like children when it comes to our faith walk. Adults become fixated on important business… not the pillow fights. But Jesus says, the pillow fight, the one you think distracts from the important… is the important.

We need to engage in the moments that seem less than pressing. These details, these interactions, help to shape a relationship into a relationship. Take time to connect with others, that’s the important business.

So this weekend, tend to some important business. Fling a pillow or spin a hoop. You won’t regret it.

7 thoughts on “Pillows, Hoops, & Happiness

  1. Tracy

    Love!:) Love your heart and will take your advice. That is the beauty of my 3 & 1 year old- they have some how conned me into doing the goofiest things to make them laugh and giggle. It is like there is still a goofy little girl inside of me somewhere! I think that it is ok for them to see that, and for me to realize it too! Happy Mothers Day Eileen!

    1. Eileen Post author

      There is, without a doubt, still a goofy girl inside of me too, Tracy! Happy Mother’s Day!


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