I got this post written and scheduled last night, not knowing that I would wake up to the news that our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson had passed away. This quote seems all the more fitting for today.
As I explained in a post last week, our little family spent all of Christmas Day at our house, with no traveling. This meant that I was in charge of a full Christmas Day meal for the first time in my life. And it was a lot of fun (but a lot of work, of course)!
After the food was made and the table was set, I instinctively pulled out a candle from the cupboard to put on the table. (It WAS a special occasion, after all.) We had a lovely meal and it was soon time to clean up.
After Mr. Blue Eyes and I got the food cleared and the dishes going, I went over to the table to grab the dirty tablecloth. As I looked down at that candle, I realized how much I loved eating with the light flickering in the middle of the table. I wondered to myself why I didn’t eat with a candle on the table more often, and I realized it’s because I have always associated candles with special occasions. Then the above quote came to mind.
I left that candle on the table and thought to myself: Every day is a special occasion, by golly, and I’m going to eat by candlelight!
And I have.
Every day since Christmas, so far.
And you know what? It hasn’t lessened my excitement to see that dancing flame in the middle of my table by using a candle at dinner every evening. It has just helped me to make an ordinary day a little more special. One of the lessons that cancer has taught me is that life is too short to wait around for special occasions. That’s the whole premise behind my drive to literally celebrate every day in 2018. Let’s make occasions special!
Have you taken a traditionally-special-occasion item and started using it more often? I’d love to hear about it!