I’ve been a mama of two for almost a year now but I still feel like I’m getting a handle on things. I do have days where although I feel somewhat overwhelmed, that I do have a handle on things.
It seems like it’s always tough after a long weekend, especially a long holiday weekend. We didn’t have the greatest of nights due to residual fireworks and excitement. O didn’t fall asleep until well pass midnight but managed to wake up early like he normally does. After a cup of coffee, we set off to do errands.
I found a garden center near our place so I wanted to make a stop there to let O explore. He couldn’t get enough of the place. O couldn’t walk anywhere fast enough. Well more like I couldn’t walk fast enough. He was pulling on my arm to places and decided that he would be better off venturing ahead while I caught up. I definitely didn’t mind since we had the place to ourselves and the people working there were so sweet as O approached them.
Three stores later, including the quick trip to a garden center, both boys were ready for lunch and a nap. However, my gas tank had other plans. I have a hybrid vehicle so stops at the gas station aren’t frequent and I tend to not look at my gas tank gauge as much anymore because of it. We made a stop at a gas station that turned out to be nothing but quick.
The lines to gas up cars were long but for whatever reason it didn’t bother me even with O being relentless with asking to move the car and W whimpering in the back because he was over being in his carseat. I think if this occurred a few months back, my PPD/PPA would have got the best of me. I would have probably started to get anxious since both kids were getting restless and there was nothing I could do about it.
When we did get to a pump. I didn’t realize the credit card/debit machine wasn’t working. Again, this is something that could have easily created an moment of anxiety. However, I scooped both kids up and headed inside the gas station store to pay. O seemed excited with the prospect of going into a place he’s never been before while W was content being in the baby carrier. As I was explaining the situation to the owner of the store, he began to apologize for the trouble. I kept reassuring him that it really was not an issue.
As we made our way back to the car to pump, a gentlemen that was pumping near our car smiled and asked if I needed help with putting gas in the car. I reassured him that it was fine and thanked him but he insisted. He pumped gas in my car and explained that he also has two children that are close in age and remembers how difficult it would be to run errands with both when they were so young. I offered to pay for some of his gas since I was so thankful for the help but yet again he insisted that it was fine and that he already pumped gas.
Then as I was placing O in his carseat, one of the gas station workers ran up and asked if I needed help. He started trying to open the gas tank and asked what gas I needed. It took some time to explain that my car was already gassed up since there was a language barrier. Apparently the owner felt so bad that he told one of his employees to gas my car up for me. Again, I was feeling incredibly grateful at the small gestures of kindness the boys are I were receiving.
Just small gestures like that – offering to put gas in someone’s car – can make a difference. It just shows that there are so many small pockets of kindness that occur or can occur during your day. Simply smiling at someone, greeting someone as they walk by, holding open a door for someone, or even just asking someone if they need help. These gestures may seem small but can mean so much. They can also be needed.
In a world where everyone seems so busy and where people often choose to walk by someone that needs help, such small gestures are heartwarming. The day is only halfway through for us but I feel like it’s been a great one already. Not only do I feel grateful for such kind gestures but I’m pretty darn proud of myself for not letting my PPD/PPA get the best of me today. It’s all about the baby steps. It’s about trying to remember to focus on important things. Here is to more days with fun adventures, conquering personal battles, and kind gestures not only from other people but to do more of them myself.