My family and I were getting together for dinner at a restaurant that we frequently visited. The wait was a bit long but it was no worries because there was a bar and lots of football games on. A busy restaurant has a lot of things going on and since it was cold outside, everyone was waiting inside. As we waited, we began to people watch. There were two young boys that walked in (probably around the age of 10-12 years old) and they stopped inside looking around. You could tell they were looking for someone. Then they said, wait there she is and they ran up to a waitress and they said “Mom! Sister cut her knee and it’s bleeding bad!” and the mom replied “Where is the babysitter? How bad is it bleeding?” and the boys went on to say that they didn’t know where the sitter was and that yes the knee was bleeding bad. The waitress asked, “Well, I am very busy right now and cannot just leave my job. Do you think it’s an emergency?”
It’s moments like these that puts things into perspective. This mom was torn between working her waitress job or attending to her children. The job was what provided food and shelter for her family but left her feeling guilty for not attending to her children’s needs at that very moment. What seems so simple from the outside was probably incredibly stressful for this poor waitress.
I tried to think what I would do if I was in that situation. And you know what? I would call my husband, my mom, my in-laws in that order. And even though, I thank the dear Lord for these people in my lives, it’s still easy to take them for granted. I lean on my family so much for anything and everything and know that they will be there in a moment’s notice.
When we had to take my daughter to the ER on Christmas at 2am, I called my parents and they were there in minutes.
Every Wednesday afternoon when my son gets out of Parents Day Out at 3:30pm, my father-in-law picks him up and watches him until we got off of work.
My husband is there by my side every single day being an available daddy to our kids.
I know it sounds like this should be the norm but it isn’t. There are too many parents out there doing it on their own, no spouse, no extended family to help. And so when I look back at 2013, I am thankful that I have these people in my lives that are there to support me so I can be a better parent to my kids.
So cheers to my family! Love y’all!