My daughter is watching. Whatever I say or do, she is watching me.
Our vehicle somehow burned through 2.5 quarts of oil on the way to Hutchinson pulling the trailer. As we were leaving Hutch, we were a mile out when the light came on and said oil is low. We had recently had the oil changed.
At first I was frustrated. Ugh! Then my daughter said, “Well that ruined the trip.”
I turned around, laughed, and said, “No, we are blessed. We are only one mile out. Thank God. We could have been in the middle of nowhere as the trip home has long distances between towns. So how fortunate we are this happened.”
We turned around, got to an Auto Zone, where I bought five quarts of oil from some very kind men who checked if we had a leak and then put 2.5 quarts in. And I kept the rest on the front seat knowing we would be stopping often on the way home checking and possibly adding oil. She later commented, “Wow. That was so great that it happened then. It could have been really bad.”
I heard a few stories last week from several different people in town how they have been treated by community members.
I was shocked by what people say when they are frustrated or angry. They become hateful, often blaming the color of someone’s skin or making the person serving them cry.
I grew up that way. My father would get angry at a restaurant and make the waitress cry, belittling her.
I would walk behind with my stomach tight apologizing to someone I didn’t know for his behavior.
Today that behavior shocks me. I think it’s because I don’t think I have friendships that condone that type of behavior. I don’t have the energy or time.
My focus is on goodness. I try to focus on being kind, on helping, and teaching my daughter that life won’t always go the way it is planned.
There are many times when I see how I could easily fall back into the way I was raised and tell someone off.
I see so much of that and I shudder. Do you really think the server at a restaurant makes the prices? Do you think the person who messed up your meal did it intentionally?
From Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”
That person is a person. That person may have financial troubles, may be struggling in another area too.
We live in a very small town. We remember every conversation and how others treated us. But do we remember how we treated others?
A number of things went terribly wrong this fall in my house. And some battles we are still going through. But then I reached out to some friends and realized their battles were even bigger.
If I look back on our trip to Hutch, I see so many blessings. I was exhausted and had to stop often on the way but we got there safely. I didn’t have a hotel room in Hutch but somehow I managed to snag a room in Hutch for the night. My daughter made it to the Junior Sheep Showmanship finals which gave me enough adrenaline to get home that night.
We were covered in blessings that far outweighed the struggles. Our children are watching. What are we showing them?
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