What if after a long day of shopping or even a short grocery trip, you came home and everyone in your house rushed to greet you as you walked through the door? What if they applauded your arrival? What if they kissed you and hugged you? How would it make you feel?
I've noticed that each day when I come home from school, everyone seems so excited. They make a point to make a big deal of my arrival. Maybe it's because Gabriella wants a new Hide-and-Seek buddy. Maybe it's because Rick is happy to see someone that doesn't cry or pout when they don't get their way. Maybe it's because the twins are just happy to see anyone. I don't know what it is, but when I come home my family makes me feel like they missed me. Truly missed me.
And I try to do the same for Rick. Whenever Rick returns from errands or driving around the block to get away from the madness (I'm only partially kidding), I, too, try to make a big deal that he's home! I encourage the girls to run (or waddle) and greet him. I make a point to tear myself away from the latest Real Housewives episode to let him know I am happy to see him. I mean, isn't that what we all want...to know that there are people that truly love being in our presence. That's a good feeling to receive, but it's an even better feeling to give to someone else.
Rick snapped this picture of GG and me at the park the other day. As I'm thinking about the whole idea behind this post, this photo came to mind.
I love the thought of coming home. I love knowing what's waiting for me when I get there. I love that for all the people who could care less if I'm around, there are four that think I'm fabulous...and I think the same of them. I'm excited to see them. I hear the garage when Rick's coming home and I'm like a little dog wagging its tail and scraping at the door. It's sad, really...
But it's not.
I love coming home...and I hope you do, too.
My challenge to you is this:
Tonight (or tomorrow if it's too late), make the people you love feel overwhelmed by your excitement that they have come home.