It was the day after my birthday this year.
I really needed a haircut and had been putting it off. I don't know why I do that but it seems I usually do now.
During my caregiver life I made regular appointments because I had so little time free to do things and the time cost me because of paying for aides. Now I act like time doesn't cost me anything and that it belongs entirely to me. I should be more cautious about how I spend time though because really nothing has changed in fact. Rather it is the perception.
But that's a different subject and I need to return to this one.
So I called Mike who has now cut my hair for a long while. He also came to the house to cut Dad's hair. That was a very great service to me and I still remember it. I paid him for doing it of course but I remain grateful for his help.
Surprisingly he had an opening that afternoon for me.
Now it just was absolutely coincidental that my son had an appointment with Mike that day but preceding mine. My son was in the 8th grade when Mike began cutting his hair.
I arrived on time for my appointment and Mike and I had a nice chat as he cut my hair. Really he's a stylist but I am not exactly the "style" kind of guy. That's really not his fault but just the fact that I am more "style-less" than most. I think I blogged about this once.
He removed the apron and I stood up and reached for my wallet so I could pay him.
Mike said "No charge today. Your son paid for your haircut as a surprise gift for your birthday."
I was truly surprised, too. In fact I was nearly speechless. I felt a big smile on my face.
I've thought about that event many times since. Each time I again relish the pleasure of it. The last time we both had appointments on the same day I was earlier and again it was coincidental. So I paid for his appointment that time. And he was surprised. I know because he called me and thanked me.
I don't know which event gave me more pleasure: giving or receiving. Both were wonderful.
I've thought a good deal about how similarly I am surprised quite often by The Lord. Usually I am not expecting anything. Then I'm surprised by something I know the Lord gave me as a surprise. No, I can't prove it. But I know it all the same.
It makes me want to surprise Him, too.