I was at the grocery store yesterday when an older woman came up to Michaela and me and said, “May I?” asking if she could talk to Michaela. The woman lightly tickled Michaela’s cheeks and grabbed her hand (which usually heightens all of my senses and sends my stranger danger protection into over drive … but this woman was a gentle exception) and said to her, “You have no idea how lucky you are.”
The inflection in the woman’s voice and the sad-ish look in her eyes made me want to pull my shopping cart over and get her story, right then and there next to the packages of frozen Texas Toast and Italian breadsticks … but I had just met the woman twelve seconds ago, so instead we made small-chat about how old Michaela was and how nice the weather was.
Before parting ways she locked eyes with Michaela and once again said, “You have no idea how lucky you are,” then smiled and nodded warmly at me before continuing down towards the frozen veggies.
Something told me that this woman carried a sad story in her heart. Did her birth mother give her up for adoption? Or did she die during labor? Did she lose a baby of her own?
Or maybe I just wasn’t used to a stranger saying more than “Ohhhh you’re so cuuuuuute!” or “Look at her hair, it’s sticking straight up!” to Michaela … but this woman’s words reminded me that 1. We all carry our own stories that make us who we are and reflect a great deal in how we talk to and treat others and 2. We all have things in our lives that make us incredibly lucky.
Things that I’m feeling especially lucky for lately:
A hardworking husband who allows me to stay at home with our babe
A father who is still here to be Michaela’s grandfather
A family that is beautifully flawed but incredibly loyal
A sweet daughter who has made my heart much kinder
What are you feeling lucky about today?