Oh man! Do I love that I get to be part of this big world with these little, getting so big people! I am a mother of 4.
Last weekend at Quinn’s Hotsprings Montana. My husband and I chatted awhile with a nice couple sitting across from us in the hot, hot pool. I thought, maybe they were not too much younger than us. The conversation gave way to the question, do you have kids? I said yes 4. They had astonished looks on their faces. They had none, but dogs.
We chatted about where the kids were and their ages and how they loved Quinn’s as well. Our conversation ended and 30 minutes later in the dressing room the women caught my attention to say,
” I think it’s amazing that you have four kids!” I paused and smiled. I left space for her to follow up, because amazing because of what? She did follow up, “Amazing, because I think of women being moms and the older I get realizing how much work that must be, you are really strong.”
I smiled again. And then warmly said, “Thank you. And, when you are living it, you don’t reflect on this much, but yes I suppose I am strong, thank you.”
I got in the car with my husband and told him the story. I said what I appreciated most about the experience is not WHAT she said, but that she felt compelled to say what she was thinking, to share her compliment. That was really refreshing.
Ah Ha, life goal: To be someone else’s REFRESHING.