Monday, September 10, 2007



I have been reading blogs for a while, commenting on a few, and writing my own for a couple of months. I have never before participated in Fun Monday before but here goes.


This week's topic is from Nikki who want us, without sounding like egocentric hornblowers, to tell you how wonderful and gracious and generous we all are. So without blowing my own horn, this was a terribly difficult assignment to pinpoint.


I started 2 weeks ago to try and figure out what grand gesture I might write about. The problem is that I am naturally cheerful, polite, courteous and all of the other stuff that the nuns instilled in me all of those years ago.


I smile at sales clerks, I talk to strangers in line behind me, I wave (using all my fingers) at oncoming traffic. I donate to the thrift store, I volunteer at my church, I feed stray dogs and pay for their vet bills until they are no longer strays, but mine. In short, aside from nominating myself for sainthood, I did not know what I would do that I did not already do.


I was talking to my 7 year old grandson about this; you know, talking about being nice and kind and generous and trying to figure out something special. He knew right away.


He told me to go to Ace Hardware and buy air masks and safety goggles for his "Grampits" because Grampits works in the caliche pit and it's dusty and nasty and all that stuff that's not supposed to go in his lungs is in his lungs and there's not room for air in there and that's what I should do.


So that's what I did - and what I shall continue to do. I spent the last two weeks reminding myself how special my husband is and telling him. I spent the last two weeks reminding myself that if I were as courteous and generous and kind to my family as I am to strangers, my life would be - and is - spectacularly blessed.


Thanks, little man.

14 comments:

ChrisB said...

You have a very clever little grandson and he needs a special kindness for pointing you in the right direction!

The Ex said...

What's caliche? :)

Amy W said...

What great advice from your grandson!

Rachel said...

What a sweet gesture!! Your grandson is a very smart and kind little boy!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Wonderful. I was just trying not to kill my hubby, you actually did something proactive for yours!

lisa's chaos said...

It was good you had assistance. :)

Tiggerlane said...

Great idea - and welcome to Fun Monday!

Myanderings said...

chrisb: he certainly does need a special kindness after bringing home his first referral of the school year...and so it begins.

the ex: caliche is solidified calcium carbonate which is just a fancy way of saying rock. Here in rural TX and rural CA also, big caliche rocks are crushed into small caliche rocks and dirt roads and building pads and such are made of them.

amy w: thanks, I think so, too.

rachel: thanks for the kind words

anglophile football fanatic: but your hubby does still live so you succeeded, right?

lisa's chaos: I always need all the help I can get

tiggerlane: thanks for the welcome

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I cannot believe I missed that you, like me, are Outlander obsessed. You're my new best friend. And, a Texan to boot. Email me to discuss Gabaldon anytime: anglophilefootballfanatic@gmail.com

willowtree said...

Welcome to FunMonday. Funny, I thought you had done it before.

Dawn said...

I'll nominate you for sainthood. It is nice to have a sharp young fellow to point you in the right direction. Love your dogs in the side bar.

Pamela said...

Seven year old wisdom.
Don't the grandchildren just blow you away sometimes?

A Slice of Life said...

Awwww...from the mouth of babes...

laurie said...

ah, those nuns.

and good for you, with the stray dogs!

 
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