Sunday, September 2, 2012

Warm Fuzzies

The other week I waited by the phone all day for a call from my Airman.  It didn't come.  This is not really uncommon; you never know whether they will call or not.  I was sad, but I got over it and started hoping for next week.

On Monday we headed out to get some things done.  Right as we got to the store my cell phone rang.  That ring I don't hear nearly often enough.  Hub's ring tone!  Since he left, my heart jumps into my throat every time I hear it.  The call was so surprising that tears sprung to my eyes(lets be honest, it happens often.  Pregnancy will do that).  It turns out that Hub's flight had the chance to earn 10 extra minutes of phone time if they wanted to wait a few days to call.  Of course they jumped at the chance, but I had no way of knowing.

So here I was in the store for my extra-long phone call.  Muffin was getting fidgety sitting in the cart and I couldn't hear very well.  As I talked a couple in the store noticed that I was A)on an important phone call B)on the verge of tears and C) losing the battle of entertainment and distraction with Muffin.  They offered to take over his entertainment for a minute.  The showed him books and zoomed him back and forth on crazy cart rides and kept him busy for a few minutes while I finished my phone call.  They saved me!  It was just a little thing but it meant so much to be able to talk to Hubs.

When I finished I thanked them and told them that I had gotten a surprise phone call from Basic Training.  They were glad they could help and went on their way, and have probably forgotten about it by now.  But that little act of service meant the world to me.  They were at the store to get something done, but still took a few minutes to help a stranger with her hands full.

I don't remember the last time I saw someone in need.  I don't remember the last time I saw past the end of my shopping cart.  I have been pretty wrapped up and preoccupied with what is going on in my life right now.  I think that sometimes, that's ok.  My entire everything is going towards taking care of my home and family and I just don't have a lot leftover.  Maybe sometimes you serve, and sometimes you let other people serve you.  Or maybe I'm just being near-sighted...
This is us missing you!