Be grateful and happy for what you have

Published 8:58am Monday, September 9, 2013

By Dr. James Troglen
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:11-13).
After my last article it is only fair that I spend a bit of time sharing what I have also learned from my other twin granddaughters, Alexis and Liberty Troglen. Alexis and Liberty just celebrated their fourth birthday this past month.
Mom and dad did a great job in giving them a perfect party. Two of my church members, Stan and Jean Walls, were wonderful hosts allowing the party to be held at their home and pool.
Now, if I had been in charge of the party and had the funds needed I would have had a much different and larger party. After all these are two of my favorite girls. First, we would all have flown to Hawaii for the birthday and stayed at a five star resort. And we would all have flown first class.
Secondly, the birthday party would have been a luau with all the Polynesian touches; grass skirts, leis, beach bonfires, hula girls (yeah!), fire dancers – you get the idea. The evening would start with a concert by Fleetwood Mac featuring Stevie Nicks (my call OK?). The girls would have been brought in on divans supported by bronze warriors. Sophia the First, their favorite character, would present the gifts and be in attendance at their every whim.
However, I don’t have the money and none of us have the stamina for such a birthday party. Instead we had a pool party. I got to play lifeguard and hover beneath the diving board as my grandson practiced his cannon ball dives and learned how terrible the pain is with a classic belly buster.
The four-year-olds overcame their fear of the water and spent most of their time jumping off the edge of the diving board so Poppa could catch them and let them climb his body like a fire ladder to jump off again and again, and again.
Liberty continued to do a “cantaloupe” dive, I believe she meant cannon ball but I am not sure. It looked more like a cantaloupe. We had pizza and cokes for a meal – cheese pizza! And Mom, Wendy, made the cake. I might add it was the best birthday cake I have ever eaten and the icing was out of this world.
There were gifts placed on a simple table and those were tone open without the presence of Sophia the First. Instead they received dress-up items to be Sophia the First themselves.
My grandson and I did not get to watch the hula girls but did get to watch two grandmothers shriek and cry “Don’t get me wet!” Not quite the same believe me. No Fleetwood Mac – oh well, maybe next year. In fact the closest we got to any music was a car driving past playing rap music with bass that made small tsunamis in the pool – again not the same.
But you know it was really great. Kids don’t really need a trip to Hawaii, hula girls, Fleetwood Mac and a luau – I do but they don’t. They just need people around them who love them, want them to have fun and realize how important they are. This was done and done in a great way.
The girls felt special, they got to play in a pool and use the “Poppa ladder.” They ate a cake that was the fruit of their mother’s love and efforts. They got to show daddy how Sophia the First walks and dresses.
Paul was right; we need to be grateful for and happy with what we have. Now, what do you do with a dozen grass skirts?

Dr. James Troglen is pastor of First Baptist Church of Wetumpka.

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