Thursday, December 11, 2014
wouldn't that be something.
I've spent the morning delivering Christmas presents to people I don't know. I've peeked past a barely opened door into a dark & smelly apartment. I've stood just beyond the produce section at Fred Meyer crying & hugging a young mom. When you are put in a position to really see people it can be a sobering thing; read as I have been sobbing all morning (which isn't helped by the fact that I'm hangry because I'm trying to be better about portions & snacking which basically just means I'm starving all-the-live-long-day but that's really besides the point.) I realize how insignificant it is to get frustrated in the drop-off line at school just because the parent ignores the rules & gets out of their car to hug their kiddo one last time before they go off to school. When have I ever done that? Taken the time to give one last hug even at the cost of upsetting 100 other drivers behind them just because my kiddo may need it? I am more of the slow & roll kind of mom. Making sure my kiddo unbuckles & is ready to jump out the moment of approach. The thing is I don't know the story of the mom who is getting out to give her kid a hug. I've no idea what transpired at their house that morning anymore than I know why the mom in the dark apartment with downcast eyes is so sad. It is so easy to talk the talk about everyone having a story, but to truly live like you believe that in every single interaction you have is another thing all-together. What if? What if we truly lived it? What if our kids grew up knowing no different? What if they knew you gave everyone you came into contact with grace because that's just how it's done? What if they knew you just looked for a common thread with people because that is how connections are made. Sound a bit out of your comfort zone? Mine too. But what if there's a chance that if we slow down & see those around us we may be surprised to learn they aren't so different than us after all? Wouldn't that be something.