So the other day I was in the check-out aisle in Wal-Mart by myself with two people ahead of me. Was I in a hurry? No way! I was enjoying the fact that I was by myself so I patiently waited for my turn. Then I look up and I saw her. It was me eight years ago. She was tired and anxious. I could see it in her eyes. She had two small boys, one hanging on her leg and the other crying in the cart. She fumbled through her purse and took out her W.I.C. coupons and handed them to the cashier. What was she feeling? I can tell you how I felt years ago. I felt ashamed, embarrassed and sad. But yet extremely grateful that there were programs available to help young families that were struggling. Scott and I are very thankful that there was help when we needed it. Yet every time I was in that aisle, I could feel the looks, stares, and assumptions from the people behind me. Were they thinking that I was abusing the system? Or, that I was possibly too lazy to find a job and that if I couldn’t afford to have kids I shouldn’t have them. Probably!
Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings
Lately, it seems there are two days that have been killing my joy and consuming my time…Yesterday and Tomorrow.
A couple days ago Dillon noticed that I was sitting outside with a book; he decided to join me. He sat in his favorite chair with a book he found in the house, which was the same size as the one I was reading. He said to me, “Mama, read story?” I smiled and looked over at him and asked him to read me a story instead. What he read to me over and over again was exactly what I needed to hear. He said, “I love soooo much!” His message was so sweet and it’s for everyone that’s been in his life helping him. I will definitely watch this video again on the stormy days.
Last week one of my best friends once again knew exactly what I needed to lift my spirits up…An afternoon with girlfriends. She invited me over to her home to have lunch and then to enjoy each other’s company while we “sit and knit” Only, I didn’t know who any of these women were and I’m completely ignorant in the knitting arena, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Today is Autism Awareness Day. And if I were to pick a topic about Autism, in which I would like to build awareness on, it would be the immense need of genuine Christian support for the entire family effected by Autism.