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Hey - THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all of the comments y'all have been leaving me. I'm pretty overwhelmed at the moment (no, you don't say!) but I WILL respond to everyone. Thank you, thank you.

I leave you with a story that made me happy yesterday. I'm at Target getting sundries for the kids (because school starts on Monday oh my gosh HOORAY school school schoooooooool!) and as I'm leaving and putting my cart up, I hear a mom down on her knees talking quietly to her son, probably kindergarten age. Essentially he was misbehaving and she was quietly explaining why he shouldn't do that in a store, and if he continued to choose that behavior, they would leave and he wouldn't get whatever they were in the store for. So would he behave? I saw him rub his eyes, sniffle, and nod and say, "Yes, mama."

I whispered to her as I walked past, "Stellar mom-work right there."

She looked at me sadly and said, "Really? Because I don't feel like it was."

I didn't want to be more intrusive, so I just said, "No, you are doing an amazing job seeing that your small child listened to you. Couldn't ask for more, especially not at that age." I bid her a good day and saw her smile as I went through the big doors.

I WANTED to hug her and buy her a coffee/whatever she liked because she was clearly frazzled, but you'd never know it from how calmly she spoke and how firm yet loving she was to her kid. WHOEVER YOU ARE, MOM AT TARGET, I SALUTE YOU.

<3

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kita0610
Aug. 23rd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Every single mother of a toddler needs to hear that from someone when they least expect it. It's all the ones who think they are fucking up that are actually the best damn parents. Parents who are true fuck ups don't give a damn about it.

You probably made her whole damn month.

ION, HI L HI. <3333
stoney321
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
"It's all the ones who think they are fucking up that are actually the best damn parents"

EXACTLY. A good/great parent is going to think they're not doing enough, where a shitty parent is like, "Yep! Mission accomplished" when their kid is still breathing at the end of the day.

HI D HI!! I am drinking lovely red wine and eating popcorn, because I'm a grown ass woman and I can do what I want! AND I WANT WINE AND 'CORN.
kita0610
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
I HAD AN ICE CREAM CONE FOR DINNER. CLEARLY WE ARE SOUL MATES.
stoney321
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE LIVING LIFE IN A CORRECT MANNER!! *takes notes*

*and fluffs the bed pillows* ;)
kita0610
Aug. 23rd, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
I will totally bring more fluffy pillows if you share the wine!

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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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