So it’s been a happy and sad weekend. A little story–you guys remember the security guard I got in trouble from? So yesterday I came home stressed and knew I needed to go do one more stressful thing that day (more on that in a minute). So had about 40 minutes before I had to leave again. I ate two cookies (no one here will judge me right?), unloaded the dishwasher, then said looked at my dog who has been good as gold even though we’re leaving her for long stretches of time during the days. I said, “Maggie, screw it, we’re going for a walk and I’ll deal with the next thing when we get back.”
Maggie did the happy dance and showed me where her leash was in case I forgot
We headed back to the field, and this time, I stayed where I’m allowed to go. As I left the field to go home, I passed the new housing track guarded the security guard who’d previously scolded me. I waived to her. She got out of her car and started chatting. She was really nice. And all I could think was–on this day packed with stress, that one decision I made a week or two ago about not making this woman’s job harder paid off. She told me about her two dogs and her mom. It was a true break and gave a real lift to my day.
Sometimes, it pays to be nice. It cost me nothing but a tiny sliver of worthless pride in admitting I was wrong when I was wrong.
So one of the sad and hard things happening is one of my kid’s dogs is really sick. I can’t fix this. Money can’t fix this. Love can’t fix this. But I’m doing my best to show them the love and care they need. And I went over and told this special dog how much she’s meant to me taking care of my kids. We might get lucky and get more time with her, I don’t know.
But what I do know was this security guard got out of her car and offered me a moment of friendship when I really needed it (and didn’t even know it!) Life can be hard sometimes, but those moments of kindness and effort by people are priceless. The way we treat people can come back to us in such truly unexpected ways.
And to turn this to writing; readers LOVE these moments. We can use these small moments to help our characters make big decisions.
But for me yesterday, that moment of friendship helped me through a hard day. And I think I’ll always remember it. It didn’t alter the course of my life like it might in a book, but it gave me the reset I needed to be there for the kid that needed me.
So our weekend had a few tough moments and a few potentially exciting ones that I just can’t talk about yet. How was your weekend?