Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's the little things!

I had a not so great day yesterday.  Not that anything really went bad -- it was just that nothing went right.  It was a Monday, for sure.  It started when I went to get coffee in the morning and realized that I had left my money in my pants pocket from the day before.  I didn't want to use my debit card to order a 69 cent cup of coffee, so I dug through my purse to get change to get a coffee.  Found it!  

I even mentioned to the lady selling me the coffee that I hope the rest of my day went better.  And, in the middle of my sentence realized that forgetting my money wasn't really such an awful thing.......

So, I drove to work.  It only takes me about 20 minutes to get there, and I have an hour from the time that I drop the kids off until the time I start work.  So, I generally take my time getting there.  I had been procrastinating getting gas all weekend, because it is cheaper in Sidney (by about 20 cents or so).  So, I thought I would stop and get gas on my way there.  I was all excited because I knew I had 40 cents off coming because of my Kroger Plus Card (yeah, it doesn't take much for me).  So, I pulled into the Kroger parking lot to get my gas.  Now would be a good time to re-read my first paragraph.

Remember that debit card I didn't want to use to get coffee?  Yeah, it was in the same pocket as the money I didn't have with me.  So, I had about 23 cents on me.  For gas and lunch.  :)  And, might I add -- my "gas light" was on, indicating it was high time I get to the gas station.  

I pulled out, trying to think of a solution.  Suddenly I remember this really old thing we used to do when we wanted money.  We would go to the bank and write a check for "cash".  Remember that?  Well, I did it yesterday!  Brilliant of me!  I got my cash, went back and got my gas, went to work and started my day.

We must have all been really hard at work because suddenly we realized it was after 5 and we were all still working hard.  Suddenly, we got a phone call that pulled us back to reality and realize that it was 5.  A little jolt of reality!

On my way home, I was getting frustrated because I needed to make a couple of stops along the way, and needed to get dinner ready for everyone who had places to go......and no one would answer the phone.  Not the house phones, not the cell phones......let's just say it wasn't one of my better parenting moments :)......

After I got ahold of our house and gave assignments, I decided to stop at McDonald's and get a drink for on the way home.  In the drive-thru, there was an angel.  A little boy walked out of the restaurant with his parents. This little guy was probably about 4.  I didn't know him at all -- didn't even recognize him.  What he did next made my whole day......

He was holding his daddy's hand, crossing in front of me in the drive thru -- he looked at me and --- he winked at me!  I wasn't sure if I saw it correctly, so I looked at him as he walked.  He smiled and did it again!

That little guy had no idea what an impact he had on me last night.  He helped me realize to not sweat the small stuff.  I'm sure his mother was wondering why I was looking at him and smiling, but I was, because he was so awesome.  

So, today give someone a wink, or a smile....just because.  You never know if they might need it!

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