Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 1

There is something about the weather changing that changes my mood. Although I LOVE the fall colors, I tend to get a little bummed when the cooler temps start. So to combat those yucky feelings and pity parties, I'm going to join the 30 Days of Gratitude for November. (But of course, I'm a day late!)

It was a busy day. All of our days are busy. After dropping off Clayton at school and completing my Zumba class at the gym, we headed to Target to pick up a couple of items. No matter what I do, a quick trip always ends up going a little longer than planned. 

Maecie has learned that she can walk through the store if she promises to stay close. Once she wonders away, she goes straight into the cart. It has actually worked better that I initially thought it would. She does a wonderful job in the store ... unless she wants to touch everything she sees. Or tosses random stuff in the cart.

In spite of her wandering and touching and asking for everything, we walked out of the store with her standing next to the cart. As we walked to the car, a lady behind asked if Maecie was leading the pack. I responded with, "she is sure trying!" and gave a little chuckle that actually might have sounded more like an exasperated sound. The lady then gave me a smile and said, "You are doing a good job, mom!"

At first, I wanted to roll my eyes and tell her she had no idea. However, I paused and thought about it. I'm trying to do my best. I'm trying to teach my children how to behave in public places. To allow them to learn by giving them opportunities to make mistakes. Strangers don't normally say nice things just because they feel obligated to. They tend to speak the truth, warranted or not.

Yet, she chose to take a moment to reassure me of my choices. To give me a motherly nod towards my efforts. 

Today, I'm thankful for the kindness of strangers!


  1. What a sweet story! Teaching the how-to-behave-in-public lessons is tricky business. You are doing a great job! :-)

    1. Thank you, my dear! You are too kind! :)