Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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.


Blogger anna said...

You speak the truth, as did your pal Donna. Motherhood these days is so frenetic and wrought with criticism from outside sources. It's nice to get a bit of blessing from an unknown person on a job well done. I think so often we don't get that. It's a great boost to the self-esteem. Thanks Meredith for letting me know about your blog. It's been refreshing to read. Perhaps we'll link up lots of hip stay-at-home moms in need of a voice and a boost. -Your old pal, Ann

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Blogger meredith sinclair said...

Hey there Ann!
Great to hear from you via blogland.
The job of full-time motherhood has great perks, but can often feel isolated. Because we spend so much of our time immersed in kid-centered stuff, it's easy to forget what really makes US tick.

Having some other mom pals to bounce ideas off of or hang-out with at the park, or just laugh out loud with, can make a huge difference in the day-to-day.

Run-on Ann! I hope you find some fun moms like you in your hood. Girlfriends mean more to me now than they ever have. I wish you were right around the corner! Ya know the Windy City is a great place to live!!
Take care girl!

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