A Little "Good Job" Goes a Long Way
I was fully prepared to post today about my decision to retire the lawn service….I know, slow news day.
Then I received an e-mail from my friend Donna. She had just gotten back from a trip to California with her family, and she had a great story to share.
Her husband had already flown out for a two week business trip, and she was flying out with her three little girls (7 and under!), to meet him.
She said that she had prepared the activity bag, got the airport scavenger hunt together, and did her normal “keep the kids happy” routine on the plane.
As she was gathering up her goods to de-board, a gentleman came up to her to give her a piece of his mind.
He looked her in the eyes and said, “I wish I had a blue ribbon to give to you, instead I only have this, and handed her a little piece of paper on which he scribbled “Most Terrific Mom Award”. She said that it was truly the best prize she had ever gotten…ever.
How many times have we seen other moms doing an outstanding job with their kids, and not said a word. We live in a society that screams “don’t enter my personal space!” But that not only keeps the creeps out, it keeps us from telling a perfect stranger “good job” or “well done”. After hearing this sweet story, I am committed to noticing and telling other moms what they are doing right.
If actors can have a billion awards shows each season to hand out trophies for the same four movies, than surely we moms can applaud each other once and awhile for the great work we do everyday to grow great people.