Here at happymommy, I try to be lighthearted and write off the cuff. There are times when I share stories that aren't so wonderful and happy, but those are few and far between, thankfully.
Today, I happened to be behind this very old, and somewhat non-functioning couple in line. They didn't have $6 to pay for whatever it was they needed. The woman looked and foraged and then was asked to move aside so others could go ahead and finish their transactions. Before I realized exactly what was going on, I was irritated. I was ready to go, get done and get out of there. I had places to go and people to see.
A line of at least twenty people had formed behind me and since I was behind this couple, I started to hear the voices of my own mind echoed in others. My heart started to break. Not because it was taking forever, but because I heard myself in the ugliness. The poor couple stepped away from the cashier and as I paid for myself, I paid for them. I gave them their receipt and we all went along with our day. I was humbled by this; reminded to be patient and understanding.
Later, Lilly and I played beauty salon/doctor's office and as we were pretending that she gave me a shot while she cut my hair, I started to "cry." Both my children ran up to me and said, "Mama, everything will be ok." James even rubbed my arm to make me feel better.
Jeff and I have taught them compassion, love and understanding. The symbolism of today is not lost on me. I will work on my problem with patience and understanding because honestly, is where I have to go, or the people I have to see worth getting irritated with the little old couple who can't find $6?
On a lighter note, here are few things I said to Lilly and James today...
To James: Please don't put your sister's panties on your head. No, that is not a hat.
Me: Lilly, you won't like strawberry milk. Lilly: But mommy, I like anything pink as long as it has sugar!