The other day my husband and I were at the store with all four kids. It wasn’t just any store, it was Costco, and it was way too close to Christmas. To say that there were a lot of people there would be an understatement. It was jam packed! It wouldn’t have been a big deal, or even worth mentioning except for the fact that three of my four children were crying, whining, or begging for something and complaining because they weren’t getting it. I love it when they are like that! I wish I could have said that I took it as an opportunity to recognize them as a blessing, but I’d be lying.
I was trying very hard to have a conversation with my husband about whether or not to buy a GPS. But, I couldn’t even hear him because my little beauties were being so awesome. Do I even need to mention all of the comments from bystanders about how horrid my kids were and what great parents we weren’t? Of course not. We’ll just leave that part out.
Then, this old couple walked by. The older woman said, “Aren’t you lucky to have so many kids?” I shot her the “Are you serious?” look and she winked at me and said, “Of course you are! You have music wherever you go!” That was all it took! I immediately started laughing which made my kids stop crying, whining, and complaining and laugh too. They had no idea what they were even laughing at, but it didn’t matter. We were in the middle of Costco laughing about how blessed we are to be a family and my heart was full to overflowing. All I can say is bless her. Bless her for being kind and genuine to a perfect stranger in need. I hope I can be more like her when I grow up.
QUESTION: How can we find the music amidst life’s hectic moments?
CHALLENGE: Search out opportunities to count your blessings as a family.
Sarah I LOVE this!! Such a timely reminder that if we don’t laugh at some of the things that happen with little ones around, we may all end up crying 🙂 What a lovely (and intuitive) woman to share those words with you exactly when she did!!
Thanks for the reminder that laughter really is the best medicine!!