Today Lovebug and I made a trip to get the Saturn an oil change before we hit the road to visit family in Iowa. Yes, we have to drive an hour to get our oil changed, another perk of living in the boonies. I can’t complain because my hunk of a husband drives that far to and from work daily.
Not going to lie, there are times I look at my daughter and I am so overcome with joy it takes my breath away. Other times I am not sure I can be around her for another minute without losing my shit! I got nervous when I overheard a salesman say how busy the Service Center was. In my head I instantly thought we would be there forever and was bummed because I forgot my flask if it did get ugly. J She was SUCH a good girl at the dealership and we were there for a good hour and a half. My little entertainer had everyone in stitches, she was shaking what her mama gave her and talking Chinese to the group.
There was an older man in the group that had suffered bad burns on his face. He was getting such a kick out of her. At one point Laney went specifically up to him and was giving him lots of love, and it made my heart melt. When I first noticed him, I prayed to god she would not treat him any differently or act distant. I know there will be a point in time when questions or comments may arise out of pure curiosity when someone may appear different. I hope we can be discreet as possible when situations like that come up because I hate to hurt someone’s feelings. Knowing kids and the crazy things they say, that could be impossible.
I feel my parents did an amazing job instilling in me to treat each and every person alike, and always put myself in their shoes. My nana always said “never judge a book by it’s cover”. I know-totally cliché; unfortunately, the older I get the more I realize how cruel people can be. Most only care about themselves and talking about people. I have a diverse, eclectic group of friends who I value, adore and respect them for who they are.
One parenting goal we have is to do the same for our kids. Yes, I said kids/plural. No need to get excited, baby #2 is not in my belly or even on the agenda at this point. Another goal is to raise a respectful, well mannered family. I learned that you cannot just teach people morals and values, you need to be the example and it has to start at a young age.