Saturday, November 03, 2012

Jailbreak to Gratitude


So we broke out of jail, and wound up getting a date night courtesy of my parents and their slight affection for their only grandson.


Is it crazy that I could not stop giggling as we settled into our movie theater seats and watched the opening scenes of a movie that didn’t include animated characters or songs that refuse to vacate your head for two weeks?





I loved seeing that smile on Mr. Daddy’s face.  Ignore my weird chin.


And the movie?  The last ten minutes, the captions could have pretty much read:





running steps








Thus explaining the smile on the dude’s face.




Happiness is seeing your husband make his John Wayne face and mutter, “yeaaaaah” when the good guy gets off a couple of punches.




We went to dinner with a giftcard… and wound up with food to bring home.

I could not stop thinking about how easy it is to take for granted that our next meal is pretty much a given.  And that we are so blessed, that I have weight to lose.  Anyone else say Amen?

Linny’s post played over and over again in my head.




Itty Bit and I went to Target this week.

I could see the cashier flinch as we pulled into her line.


132 items.






Dozens of items from the dollar section (which I never though I’d be brave enough to revisit after the entire “BLEEDING TO DEATH IN TARGET” debacle.)


She sighed.  Her annoyance was all over her face.


Itty Bit stilled his chatter to observe her.

Waited for her to make eye contact.

Then said in a quiet earnest voice:


“They’re for Operation Christmas Child.

They’re for kids in Africa.

For Christmas.”





The other Target employee behind us in line watched quietly as the checker paused.

My six-year old knew the significance of this “routine” transaction.  Kids in a far away country would see that someone cares.  And he was inviting this weary employee to be part of something special.  He looked at her as if it were a secret they were sharing.


I watched her annoyance melt.  She stopped stuffing items uncaringly into the bags.  She smiled at him.


You know what?  When I grow up, I want to be like my kid.




(Go here for more information about Operation Christmas Child).





Allenspark Lodge said...

The kid. Smart. Funny. Caring.

Nature or nurture?



Pam Bowers said...

Wow, Itty Bit sure told that cashier! I'm glad she took his hint and chilled out. She's not paid to care how many items a person buys. It should all be the same to her.

So glad you guys got a night out. Probably much needed. Still praying for your family!!!

angel shrout said...

Ahh dagnabbit Rach. Here I sit picturing that baby's face when he told the cashier that and got all weepy eyed.. the faith and love of a child isn't it a foundation shaker for those of us who think we know it all and have seen it all.

GunDiva said...

You've got a pretty great kid.

But, then, he's got some pretty great parents, too.

I'm glad you guys got to on a real date.

Foursons said...

That boy of yours is doing great and mighty things in his little 6 year old body. He is so much more astute and aware then most kids twice his age. Give him a big ol' squeeze for me.

Tiffany Bleger said...

Love that kid! And love that you go ta date night - those are slightly important.

robin said...

I just love him! He's a special little guy! I just love his perspective! And it's awesome about you both helping Linny (and her awesome project!)

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

And a little child will lead them.... and we are doing Operation Christmas Child too!!!!! I wonder if my kids boxes and your kid's boxes will end up at the same place?????

Hope date night was beyond fun...

myletterstoemily said...

it sounds like he is just like you!

renee said...

oh man. tears. hug that kid for me, will ya? :)

Mom Of Many said...

I love it!! You are awesome parents - instilling OTHERS in your itty-bitty...Love to all of you!! xoxoxo

Mom Of Many said...

I love it!! You are awesome parents - instilling OTHERS in your itty-bitty...Love to all of you!! xoxoxo

Kandi said...

LOVE OCC!!! You have an awesome son :)

Saimi said...

And that's EXACTLY what Jesus meant what he said we should be like little children!

stephanie said...

I want to be like him too! You're doing a fine job with that one momma!

Anonymous said...

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 71:19-21
19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
You who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like You?
20 Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
You will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
You will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again.
Luv u :)

Stacy said...

You have a great there!

We are going after work tonight to get stuff to fill up the boxes. I love doing this with the kids. Hopefully it teaches them that they have so much and those kids have so little.

Angie Vik said...

Yay for date nights. That's wonderful that your son has caught the spirit of OCC shoeboxes. May God bless his little faithful heart. We're doing shoeboxes too but haven't assembled them yet. (i.e. it's not the last minute yet.)

julie ball said...

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love! Times a gazillion! <3

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