Last night Hendrix woke SCREAMING. So hard. I scooped him up (he was next to me in his giant co sleeper I invented) and he was shaking. I MEAN SHAKING. I knew right away something was actually wrong. Even in the dark I could tell his arm was hurt. I pretty much kicked Michael awake and demanded he turn on the lights and H's whole arm was bright red and puffed up. I think it may have fallen asleep really bad and scared the crap out of him. At one point, the way he was losing it, I thought for certain he had broken it. No joke After a few minutes he calmed down and 15 minutes later his arm had returned to normal. He was so freaked out. I have never seen my child so terrified. It was awful. He stayed snuggled up against me all night.
This morning we took a walk to the library. It was a lovely time. Hendrix was in a perfect mood and we snuggled and read and then made the butterfly puppet fly around for a good 20 minutes. We got to the front desk and had a tons of fees because I forgot to drop off a video before we left for vacation. I (oh, of course) didn't have any money on me and we couldn't check out unless I paid. So there I am trying to count change to get these books outta there since I knew H would loose it if he couldn't take his new firetruck book. I just could see our morning about to go way down hill and then all of a sudden another librarian comes over with a bunch of ones and says that the man who just walked out had paid for my fees. He was already gone so I couldn't refuse of even say Thank You.
How great is that?
Such a tiny gesture and only a few bucks outta his pocket but it totally changed the course of my whole day. I wasn't the only one happy about it. Every librarian was almost giddy over the small, kind act. Ill be paying it forward for sure.
I looked down at my son and he was playing with his book and I thought out loud
"I hope you grow up and do things like that"
and I do.
because in this big, sometimes ugly world, there is beauty and kindness and love. and strangers take care of strangers. sometimes. I hope I can show my son that.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Now go pay it forward.
So thanks dude wherever you are.