Sunday, February 28, 2010

Talking To Strangers

We went to pick up our share from a food co-op yesterday. We were supposed to be there at 7:15, but the truck was late so they were not set up in time. We stood in line (outside) for about 45 minutes. Now think about this.... February, 7:15 am, Saturday. Nobody really wanted to be standing in a long line outdoors. Two ladies in line behind me started talking. We didn't talk about anything in particular. We just chatted and laughed. It made standing in that line so much nicer, and it made the time go by much faster. I used to be annoyed by my mom talking to people she didn't know in the grocery store. Now it just makes me smile.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Buying Someone A Gift

The look on their face. The look that says "You really shouldn't have done this, but I am so glad you did!". Giving a gift is almost always so much better than getting one.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Seeing Potential

Last night we went to the Science Fair at our kids' school. Not only did Ali win first place in her category and division, but light bulbs went off for her and her brother Eli. Ali saw her blue ribbon on her project, and you could see in her eyes the desire to do more. I can't tell you what she's going to do next year, but I can tell you it's going to be big.

Eli spent an hour walking slowly from exhibit to exhibit, soaking in every piece of knowledge available. Not only did his light bulb go off, but it kept getting brighter and brighter.

Watching Ali see her own potential, warms my heart. She has so much fear of doing things wrong, that when she gets a blue ribbon and somebody acknowledges how smart she is, it's like a brand new discovery each and every time. Watching Eli is completely different. He is still so new in this world of learning, that anything and everything is an adventure he wants to take. I'm lucky enough to go on these adventures with them and see them realize their own potential.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What brought this on?

I had a whim and decided to act on it. I knew if I didn't do this now, I wouldn't do it. I have another blog and it's been fun, but it wasn't very fulfilling. I never post on it unless I have a big story to tell. Well, I wanted something I could post on every day. Somewhere I could write down all the little things. You see, I'm a big believer in little things.
The little things are what make the good days good. The little things help me get through my day when I'm having a bad one. I don't need to go to Disney Land to have the best day ever. I just have to open my eyes and look around.
So here's the plan. Every day (at least the weekdays) I'm going to post a little thing. Something that just tickles me. Maybe you won't understand why it tickles me. Maybe it will make your day brighter. Hopefully it will make you look for your little things. These posts won't be very long, but they will be there. (If this sounds a bit like 1000 awesome things, it's because he inspires me, but I won't be able to write like him.) Then I can finally do what my wonderful sister has been telling me to do and print this out every year and have these little things with me forever. So here goes with day one...
Last night I was up way too late! I had tons of fun and I'm glad I went out, but boy am I tired today! I just can't seem to wake up fully. Poor Jack has been keeping himself busy all by himself and he just looks bored. He decided to just come and sit by me while I was working on my blanket and I beeped his nose. He smiled to I squished his cheeks while making a funny noise. He thought that was funny too. Pretty soon we had a noise for his forehead, his ears, his belly button and his chin. We made our noises in sequence, then we mixed them up. He started giving my nose and cheeks noises. We were soon enough both laughing so hard we had to stop just to catch our breath. That kid just makes me smile.