Often times when I am out with my boys I hear the same comments.
"My you are busy."
"Oh Dear, you need a break."
"How do you ever get enough rest?"
and my favorite...
"Your hands sure are full."
(as I then look around to see what other children I must have collected along the way.)
I know people mean well when they makes these comments.
I know they are not trying to be rude. I know they are not trying to be negative.
I know they are not intentionally trying to hurt me, but they are.
Yes, all of the above it slightly true.
I am busy, some days, but generally we are pretty mellow and laid back.
Some days I do need a break, as any mother does, but I like what I do everyday. I like my job.
Almost every night I get enough rest, except for when the kids are sick, which thankfully is not often.
And sometimes my hands are quite literally full as I am carrying Jacob, the diaper bag, two sippy cups and holding Ethan's hand while we are crossing the parking lot.
These comments are hurtful because of what I think afterward.
Do I look that overwhelmed or disheveled?
Are the boys being too loud and noisy? I thought they were just having fun.
Are the bags under my eyes really that dark? I thought my makeup was covering them up. Heck the fact that I have makeup on is amazing.
Do my kids seem out of control or too hard to manage?
The answer is NO to all of the questions that run through my head.
I know that I'm not overwhelmed. I know that my boys are wonderful.
I know that I get enough rest. I know that I'm doing the best I know how.
I know that I want to be a mom, everyday.
So yesterday as we were loading groceries into our cart an elderly woman approached me.
"Here we go," I thought.
To my surprise she said,
"Honey, your children are so well behaved. They are beautiful and just so happy."
I thanked her, as Jacob flirted a little and Ethan loaded up some bananas, and then walked away beaming.
I felt full of pride.
That tiny little comment, that took all of 1 minute, was so affirming and gracious.
Wouldn't it be nice if we heard more of this everyday? Wouldn't it be nice if people focused on the positive and not the negative? Wouldn't it be nice if we praised one another for the good we are doing?
Wouldn't it be nice if we took a couple of moments to say a few kind words?
I think so.
And it would make my trips to Target and the grocery store a little happier.
And I'm linking up over here for the first time...