Sunday, November 30, 2008
I also think that children are wise beyond our understanding.
Yesterday, we were at Target. Husband was slightly cranky but coming out of his funk. We unload the cart, load the kids, he takes the cart back. Gets in the car and notices me staring out the window.
I'm watching 2 moms unload their carts. They are there together and each has a young child with them. They are each unloading into their respective vehicles.
I tell Husband that I am considering going over and offering to take their carts for them. I know that I would appreciate that sort of offer of help when I'm out with my kids.
He gives me some attitude. So I back off. They have each other, they will help each other out. Right? We banter back and forth- him telling me to go, me saying that they weren't done unloading, blah, blah, blah.
A voice comes from the backseat.
"Mommy. We are supposed to help people."
So I got out of the car...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I took my dollar, put it in the envelope, wrote a note about using the dollar for a cup of coffee, taped it to the vending machine in our breakroom at work. Didn't sign the note... just wrote "pay it forward."
Monday, November 24, 2008
I was buying for Evelyn. She is 76 and wanted lotion, books, and a blanket. My friend bought for Jerry who is 73. He wanted socks, a blanket, and Diet Coke.
Evelyn will be getting 2 large pump bottles of Walgreens lotion, a Christmas themed new release book (forget the title), and a cute lap blanket- cream and pink with fringe, woolly.
Jerry will be getting a jumbo pack of athletic type socks, a dark green chenille blanket, and a 12 pack of Diet Coke.
We each spent less than $20 and will be helping to light up Christmas for someone!
Be a Santa to a Senior!
Gratitude: Teagan decided, for the first time ever, that she wanted to go to Sunday School today. Our associate pastor, our pastor's wife, the teachers, and a teacher's daughter really went out of their way to make sure Teagan was comfortable and confident in what was going on and played a major role in her having a successful first time!! Huge amounts of gratitude for that!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I am grateful to:
My father in law for installing a new faucet in our bathroom.
The bagger at the grocery store for offering to carry my 2 bags to my car (I had one child with me).
My friend for inviting me out for an infrequent "girl's night out" for me.
The waitress for handling a situation remarkably well.
But they do me a favor by taking my stuff!
But it is ok if good deeds benefit both parties, right?
Today, my 3 year old and I went through some drawers of toys and she chose toys to donate to Goodwill. We ended up with 2 paper grocery bags of toys- and she even carried one of the bags into the donation center when we made our delivery! And, as usual, I refused a receipt.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Met my friend for lunch. Handed over the Bumbo. It's a pizza buffet place. We go up to pay before we start eating. I know it's tough to dig in your purse and all while holding a baby... so I offer to hold the 9 month old. Mom says fine but really doesn't think baby will come to me.
I was able to hold baby while mom paid, got her drink, sat stuff at the table, set up baby's food, and got her lunch from the buffet. As a mom myself, that is certainly something that I always appreciate!
And I got to tote around a sweet little baby and show her fake plants and windows and touch signs with her... we even rubbed cheeks a couple times.
Perhaps it isn't selfish... maybe that's just a smidgen of kharma?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Check in regularly and if a good deed inspires you, pay it forward. If it reminds you of something you've done in the past, share it. If it is something that has been done for you, share that experience.
One good deed at a time. Small kindnesses. If we all do the little things that we can do, we can touch other lives.