Day 170 – Heavy Heart

8 HUGS, 2 children, 4 adults (1 husband, 1 employee at Teavana, 1 church friend, 1 neighborhood friend)

Sometimes I can’t understand what may be going through someone’s head. As hard as I try to see the good in everyone, sometimes it is just not that easy to do. Today I heard and witnessed something that left me with my head hanging and tears in my eyes.

I had just finished making a purchase at Kohl‘s for a party I am excited to be attending this weekend. It had been a trying shopping trip. Little boys do not want to be clothes shopping with their mama’s for over an hour. I totally understood when they started acting out. I was doing my best to get them out of the store as quickly as I could. On our way out the door, I overheard a mother say to her daughter, “I told you to stop getting between my legs.” I turned to look just as the mom raised her arm high overhead and smacked her 5 or 6 year old daughter with full force on the back of her leg. That sound reverberated through my ears and left me stunned. I just don’t understand. My children have been known to push me to the edge, but as a mother it is my responsibility to keep my emotions in check and do what is necessary to be certain I do not ever touch my children out of anger. I am sure this mom probably felt justified in what she did, but this is just one of those times that I don’t think I will ever understand or even want to understand what good could possibly come of it.

When I reached my vehicle I hugged my boys a little closer and told them all of the things I wanted to tell that beautiful girl that did not deserve to be treated that way. I told them how much they are loved, how incredible I think they are and that they are perfect just the way they are. Everyone deserves to hear this, especially our children.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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