Today was a busy day. A sad day. I know everyone is thinking of & talking about what happened in Connecticut today. We were actually at the playground after lunch when one of the other teacher’s phone went off with a message from her husband.
Being a teacher & a parent, these things hit home. When we learned it was an elementary school, it hit even harder. We actually had an incident at my school last year, luckily after hours and a few staff & students were on campus. A father came after his wife, with a gun. The wife was injured and the husband eventually arrested, and all others were fine. Something I would never have expected to happen at my school happened, just as these teachers, parents, children, & community must be feeling tonight. Their outcome vastly different from the one we experienced.
Just yesterday a friend of mine had put a really touching message on Facebook about good people still being out there. Out there as in this big, crazy world of ours. I went to high school with her, and she and her husband had their first son four weeks ago, early at 35 weeks. Jackson had been in the NICU all this time, and finally discharged yesterday after 20 days. They had stopped by the grocery store on their way home to stock up seeing as grocery shopping had been the last thing on their minds this past month. The woman behind them at the checkout line was talking to my friend about little Jackson & when they proceeded to pay the woman stepped in and offered to pick up the tab on their $200 grocery bill. My friend declined but thanked her for the sweet offer and the woman replied, “I have no children of my own & it makes me happy to see you so happy, please let me do this”.
Doesn’t that just give you chills? I love when these moments in life happen. This morning I had stopped to pick up the weekly Big Breakfast with Hotcakes from McDonalds for the kids (& coffees for mom & myself) when I decided to pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru after remembering the message from my friend the night before. I try to do that from time to time, and that was a great reminder to me that I hadn’t in a while. The lady behind me ended up waving me down at the light, thanking me through her open window.
& then this happened. I know that this is one incident & that there are good people out there. But it reminds me that there are bad people as well and that my children will walk beside people from both sides of the spectrum as they grow through the years. That makes this momma’s heart ache.
Ok, so on with the FREE pie & gift card winner because maybe that will put a small smile on someone’s face tonight. Lucky Amy Orvin is the winner! She’s been notified and will collect her prize unless I fail to hear back from her in the next 48 hours. Congrats Amy!