6 HUGS, 2 children, 4 adults (1 husband, 1 Mother in law, 2 friends at Smith’s Nursery)
I woke up thinking about this day 2 years ago. Little man was born. As I reflected on the wonderful memories of his birth one memory in particular stuck out in my head. As he arrived in to this world he had difficulty breathing. I had the opportunity to hug him briefly before he was whisked from my arms as the midwife tried a few drastic measures to get him breathing and keep him breathing consistently. During this time I was neglected (understandably). Hubby noticed that my chest and arms were covered in the afterbirth mess. Despite his fear and concern for our newborn he found a small washcloth, soaked it in warm water and oh so gently proceeded to clean me up. Shortly after this the midwives got little man breathing fairly regularly. They placed him on my chest letting me know that his heartbeat and breathing would eventually work in time with mine. We were so fortunate to walk away a few hours later with a completely healthy, beautiful baby boy. Through all of that I remember hubby the most. It was the kindest, most thoughtful thing he has ever done for me. I am truly blessed.
Later in the day I was at Target and saw an opportunity for kindness. An elderly man was walking out of Target clinging to a large shopping bag. I was on my way out so in the middle of the parking lot I put the car in park and asked if I could help. His response? “I just want you to get out of my way.” Oh. Apparently my car was blocking his. As I got back in my car with my head hanging low I started thinking about how things don’t always work out the way we hope. I lifted my head just in time to see him look at me and say with sincerity, “Thank you.” Perhaps kindness can conquer all.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.