Saturday, March 1, 2008

Homemaking and making a home...

First of all, I don't take for granted my cushy life at all. I am grateful that I have a husband that allows me to stay home. I am grateful that I have a home. I am grateful.

This week I had an eye-opening experience. One that made me take a look back and give thanks again in my heart for all that I have.

The other night after the kids were snuggly tucked in their beds, I left Evan to watch the latest episode of MYTHBUSTERS and I went on a night milk run and sanity break. Of course, whenever I need to feel better about my day, a therapeutic shopping trip to the mother ship always makes me feel stellar! Feeling happy and fleeting around the store, I came across a very familiar face, one I see each morning between 7:55 and 8:06,  Sharon, the bus monitor who always greets Sophia by name and has her best safety interest at heart.  Then I realized Sharon was not shopping, but folding a mountain of towels.  I greeted her in my playful Liz way, saying, "Is that my Sharon?!"  She sheepishly looked up and said, "Sure is."  My inquisitive mind wanted to know, "Do you work here a lot?"  She replied, "5 days a week from 5:30-9:45pm."  My mind did a few calculations thinking she is the bus monitor from 7:30-4 and then works here for the duration of her day?  Only to collapse into bed at the end of the day, I'm sure.  I then started thinking who was the real homemaker here?  Was it me, shopping and trying to fill my home up with beautiful things to warm the walls and create interesting spaces for my family or was it Sharon who was working the majority of her waking hours to make ends meet and keep a roof over her kids' heads?  I have pondered this encounter so much this week and can't get her image out of my mind. 



All I want to say is God Bless you, Sharon! You are an amazing woman and I applaud you.

7 comments:

Dani said...

Well after reading this, I was close to [if not all ready] tearing up and crying. What an amazing woman. It really make you think. I'm sooooo lucky and thankful every moment. :)

Lynita said...

Man even I have it good when this kind of perspective is brought to the foreground. I am so grateful to be able to stay home with my kids full time now!

lisapow said...

I am amazed at how much so many women do all around the world to care for their families. Lets just say WOMEN ROCK!!!

Kyndra said...

I think I am a wimp compared to other women like Sharon. I definitely take my cushy life for granted too often.

Denise said...

Count your many blessings...name them one by one...

Darrell said...

Certainly makes you think!

Question: Is 'SWELL' an acronym of you all?!

Dani said...

Is everything okay? A super maxxed out busy month???