Spring Break with a second grader is AMAZING! Spring Break with an eight year old and extra time to do all the extras is fulfilling. Shopping on Spring Break with my eight year old daughter can be quite entertaining.
I am a list maker. I haven’t determined yet if it is a good or a bad thing, but I have passed this trait down to my daughter, be it my genes or daily example. She wakes up, reads my to do list, and then makes her own. So, here we are running through one of our crazier days of spring break, checking off my list and checking off her list.
We had a little catastrophe in the “sew new stuffy” department and had to start over so we were running behind schedule. Now, we had four quick errands to run:
1. Two oversized chair cushions from Target. All means: Stand in the restroom balancing two just purchased oversized chair cushions, the bag containing the prize egg for the egg hunt that we added to our purchase, and my girl’s new large bunny stuffy that was finally a success.
2. White flowers from Lowes. None here. White flowers from Home Depot.
3. Return to Hobby Lobby. Run to the back of the store to show the lady in Fabrics the new stuffy my girl made.
4. Pick up makeup at the mall. Meet angel.
Okay, James has called and is headed home early. So, our errands turn to a marathon, as much as they can with an eight year old and her own agenda, as I am trying to be successful and get home.
Makeup. Check. Our errands list is accomplished. “AND HOME WE GO!” I proudly announce in the car as I am trying to maneuver through the packed mall parking lot. And here it comes, I am about to meet an angel.
I back out of my spot to notice someone else two spots down, backing up. I stop waiting for the go. Cue angel sighting.
A lady is sitting waiting on this other car’s spot. “Momma, what is she saying?”
Oh! She looks angry. She looks very angry. This lady is yelling, arm motions and all AT ME!
Oh, she appears concerned that I want her parking spot. I don’t. “Don’t you dare take my spot! That is my beepin spot! Beep! Beep! You beep!”
Oh, I wonder how I can convey to her that I am not interested in taking her parking spot? I smile. This seems to make her even madder. BEEP! BEEP!
Eventually time tells the truth as the car backs out and I let her have what was always her parking spot. As she was pulling in, she was still beeping.
And now I will always think of this woman as an angel.
Say what? Because my daughter was with me. Hmmm? Because my daughter was with me and I was able to keep my cool.
Here’s the thing, if I have learned anything, I have learned: 1. I make mistakes. 2. Other people make mistakes. 3. My daughter mimics me.
What matters is how I deal with it. Few and far between are the times that I can see a woman cursing and raging mad at me and keep my cool. Few and far are the times my daughter can witness me wrongly accused and I can respond, “Madison, there will always be angry, rude people in the world. You can give in and let them change you for the worse. Or you can chose to respond with kindness and chose to do what is right despite everyone else.”
Madison sat wide eyed in disbelief of the woman’s misdirected anger. And the lesson sunk in.
Therefore, Angel of a lady, THANK YOU. Thank you for helping me teach my daughter a lesson. And as you passed by, I noticed you are very beautiful.