I'm reminded [pretty much daily] how awesome children are by the one [and only one] I currently am raising.
What is she teaching me?
"Mom, I bet if you smiled at the lady . . . . she wouldn't look so grumpy."
"Mom, that girl lives close to us but doesn't go to my school. We are friends now." [me] "Of course you are - you've known her for 45 seconds."
"Wait for me Mom. Wait here." she leaves me in the card aisle at Hallmark [literally runs to the door] and opens it for a gentleman holding way too many boxes.
In grocery store: "I like your shoes." Thanks Pean.... [then realize she's not talking to me but rather to a teenager buying gum].
"Mom, have a quarter?" [I give it to her. She says she'll be right back. I watch. Gets dropped into the Haiti Relief Fund jar.
the next one is the best [if I can write it] why am I so freaking emotional?!
To woman crying in Basha's [in card aisle] on Saturday. "Are the cards sad?" [Me] "Umm, I'm so sorry. Ellie come over here."
Woman says, "No, please don't. Yes, the cards can be sad...but I am sad because my 4 month pregnant daughter lost her baby today." Ellie looks into her eyes, "That happened to my mom last year too. It sucks*. I'm sorry."
Lady looks at me. I thinking [man why do I let her use that word [sucks]?] Lady says, "Thank you. That was the most heart felt offering of sympathy I think I have ever felt." Peanut hugs her waist [?!?] and there are now three people crying in Basha's.
To be more like my nine year old.
*After talking with Peanut [about how awesome that was and why she used the words "sucks"]. She reminded me of what I had told others was probably the best thing someone did/said to make me feel better during this time. It was a "this sucks" gift from two dear friends. "this sucks" slice of carrot cake and tulips. a big "this sucks" hug. and "this sucks" card. I think "sucks" is/was totally fitting.