Monday, May 14, 2012

The Kindness of Strangers

     Sometimes I read blogs and I think, "Wow this lady really has it all together: her house looks amazing, she dresses nice, she bakes, cooks, does crafts, she is like some ubersupermom." Then I start to feel bad about my parenting thinking I should do more and be more since most days I wear comfy clothes, structured projects are rare, and my house looks like a tornado ran through it even if I just cleaned.
      I try to be organized, but it just doesn't seem to work. Usually I have all the kids stuff together, but then when it comes to my own stuff I'm a mess. Always trying to find my keys or cell phone. Yesterday after coming home from my mom's house I unloaded all the bags out my car and the kids thinking everything went smoothly. Then this morning my doorbell rang and I looked out to see a man I didn't recognize I opened the door cautiously and he said "I saw this purse laying on the front lawn and figured it belonged to whoever lived here." I had no idea I left my purse after rushing in late and getting everyone ready for bed. I am so grateful that he brought it to my door and everything was still in it. Lately I've been hearing of robberies in the neighborhood, so I feel so lucky that it was still there. Thanks to one kind stranger who made my day:) Now you know at least one mom who is far from having it all together.


  1. Wow you are very lucky he came to the door and didn't bolt down the street with it!

    I feel inferior to other bloggers all the time for the same reasons.. until I think of the few bloggers I know in real life and while all the lovely stuff they post on their blogs is true, I also see them in sweat pants with no make up, in a laundry room that's over flowing asking me to babysit so they have time for a proper shower.. it's all relative and about what they choose to post. Where as I think I come across as a bit of a mess on my blog but hope people in real life are impressed to see I'm actually a functioning adult!

  2. Yeah, so lucky he was a good person and returned it. I think so so many of us compare ourselves to other mothers and it makes it that much easier to do so in the blog world. Know that there are people who look up to you and are envious of you and what a good mom you are. I always look at moms who are thinner than me with babies my daughters age and feel really jealous. I know I shouldn't but I do.

  3. What a nice man!!! And do not beat yourself up! Everyday I think "can a woman/wife/mom have it all" and I answer to myself, NO :) for me at least... not unless I pay someone to be a mother's helper and come to my house a couple hours a day. But I'm content if my husband and the kids are happy-- even if the laundry is behind, the floors need cleaned terribly and my bedroom is a disaster area (which all of the above are true at the moment :) and on my way to preschool I have had to look in the back of my minivan more than once and make sure I didn't forget a child at home! but Shhhh on that one :)

  4. LOL, you know what gets me is the kids who always look perfect, not a hair out of place and underneath their fingernails are clean. How do they DO that??