Friday, October 22, 2010

Would You Like Some Cheese with Your Whine?

Jiminy Christmas - what is up with these blog posts? Suck it up, already! Maybe it's because it's Friday, maybe it's because I'm done wallowing, maybe it's because the family photo is done - whatever it is, my usual optimistic mood is back. And halle-frickin'-lujah, it's about time. I have so much to be happy about and thankful for. I just need to get over the negativity.

Sunday, I saw a little girl at the counter at QuikTrip (the best gas station on the planet, I might add). She was somewhere between 5 and 7 years old I would guess. Adorable - long, soft, curly brown hair, glasses, sweet smile, bubbly attitude - and suffering from some kind of disability that kept her from being able to walk. Her mom had to carry her wherever she went. She also had had a tracheotomy at some point. But she was happy as a lark.

We smiled at each other. And it was a genuine smile on my part. Not one of those, I'm-going-to-smile-because-it's-the-right-thing-to-do kind of smiles, but one that you can't help but make because the other person's joy is infectious. I left with tears in my eyes, thanking God for blessing us with healthy babies. And then I realized, the real lesson here is not to be thankful for that (which I am), but be joyful in the face of adversity. And really, what adversity do I face, middle-class, employed white girl with a happy marriage and 2 healthy kids? In the big picture? Nothing.

Seeing that little smiling face was a gift from God. I wish she could know how much she blessed me.


Bridie said...

Isn't it amzing how those reminders come just when you need them? We've had our share of medical stress with the boys, but just when I get down, I am reminded just how much worse it could be. We're very lucky - even if lucky means we have to put up with their spunky, sassy, monstrous personalities some days!

Miss. Candy said...

It is the little things that make such a big difference!! What a blessing!

Not Just Another Jennifer said...

Thanks, ladies! Yes, I was really needing it!

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