Adult Life: Make a Joyful Noise

On Friday we dumped Billings trip stuff on our living room floor and packed car with Art Fair stuff. My dad helped unload everything at church and then we got to relax at my favorite restaurant, The Noodle Express. Saturday morning it was rush rush rush and `hurry up Mathalia’s’ as we hurried to the Art Fair.

`Are you going to make pot holders during the Art Fair?’ my mom asked me.

`Yes, of course; I always make pot holders during Art Fairs. But in the end I only made half a pot holder because I was having so much fun! I love seeing old friends and talking to people. Face-painting and chili for lunch made this Art Far especially fun!

I did not talk to my mom much all day because she was busy walking around, talking to people and buying two necklaces. The jeweler next to us was a former student of hers. Can you believe that?  Wow! Germaine remembered my mom as very demanding, lots of fun energetic, and very inspiring in the classroom. I totally get the `demanding’ part. 🙂

Anyway, at the end of the day she was `demanding’ me to `hurry up’ and `be quick’ so that we could take power-naps before the Symphony. But I got her! I helped her slow down when I pointed to the wall and showed her the poster of Psalm 100: Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord.

`Mathalia! You have been sitting here all day enjoying the Art Fair, seeing all your friends AND giving thanks at the same time!  And I have been rushing around, watching the clock, grasping after the wind (think power nap). You can imagine what she was like in the car on the way home!

`Let’s work on our memory:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord He is God. It is He who made us, and we are His.

We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise!   . . . ‘

We don’t quite have the whole Psalm memorized yet. She just went off on her own:

Oh! So much for which to give thanks: old friends, new friends, Grandma’s pot holder trimming, Dottie’s face painting, Germaine’s encouragement, Sierra’s delicious chili, the Lord’s strength for this CRAZY Transition Conference-Art Fair-Symphony-Halloween Recital WEEK.’

My crazy silly mom! The poster was there all day and she never saw it. She got her power nap before the Symphony. And I chose to keep my pretty flower on my face.  I used to say `no thank you’ to face painting. But now I like it very much. I am very careful not to smudge it. So I would say there is still hope for my mom, too. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Adult Life: Make a Joyful Noise

  1. I love the picture of you and your grama! It is full of joy! I didn’t know your mom used to be a teacher. What did she teach?? I shouldn’t be surprised! She seems like a natural teacher. The flower on your face is very pretty! I hope it lasted for a while for you to enjoy.

    • Dear Debbie,
      My flower lasted all day and evening for the Symphony. I washed it off before I went to bed. It was really fun to have it. My mom taught linguistics and English as a second language at the University.

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