I had two calls today.
I used to cringe when the phone rang, because I was afraid it might be my daughter in some sort of distress.
Then I started going to Al-Anon, and everyone adjusted to the new normal. My daughter stopped calling me every time something was wrong. She could count on me to listen, but not to offer a solution. Then, mostly, she stopped calling.
She called this Christmas for the first time in years. Al-Anon is teaching me not to have expectations, but to enjoy each gift as it arrives. This was a gift for which I was truly grateful.
Today, my first call was from a sponsee, who is going through a divorce. Being Valentine's Day, I thought she might need some encouragement. But she had finished her step 1 reading assignment and was just calling to find out what to do next.
The phone rang again a few hours later. I thought it might be sponsee #2. Then I saw the area code and my heart did a little jig.
It was my daughter, who had to borrow a phone to call me. She just called to say Happy Valentine's Day and to thank me for the card I sent to the only address I have for her. She hadn't picked it up yet, but she heard it was there.
I had two thoughts, almost simultaneously.
1. My daughter called me just to say 'I love you.' (Yay!!!!)
2. When I saw the number, my heart was glad, not fearful. (YAY!!!!)
My heart is overflowing. I hope yours is, too.
Happy Valentine's Day!
The God Made Known in Every Child
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