I sat waiting in Big-O tires. MM played with some toys on the floor and started cruising around the coffee table. She looked up from the table toward me, and extended her little arms. She took 3 tentative steps toward me and collapsed in my outstretched arms. We both were smiling and giggling! Her first real steps were in a tire store! As we played and giggled, a young man approached us. He was not smiling. “Hey, would you buy this gift card from me? It’s got $200 on it, and I’m asking $150.” Thinking it was a scam, I told him he should save it as car troubles can spring up in the future even if he doesn’t need it now. He told me his license had been taken because of a DUI, and he needed money to pay the court expenses. I felt a little sorry for him so I talked to him about forgiveness. There is life after a big mistake, and he will be ok! He walked away, and returned again in a few seconds. “How about $100?” I thought that it could be a scam, but this poor kid needed the money more than I. So I agreed. As soon as he left, I checked the balance with a clerk. Sure enough $200! I was so excited. I met an honest young man, hopefully encouraged him a little, and got a $100 discount on new tires for my car. I realize I could have checked it before I purchased it, but sometimes a person needs to be shown a little trust as encouragement to become trustworthy. Or maybe I’m just too trusting and gullible, but it paid off! Lol… of course the estimate for yet more repairs on the HHR put a small damper on my enthusiasm, but that’s life!
When I got home, Peggy refused to go down for nap. She was wired! Maybe she was thinking about how to walk! Who knows the mind of a baby… Cheetah arrived home from school, and he wanted to help teach MM to walk. We sat with a few feet between us and encouraged MM to walk from one set of arms to the other. Her improvement was evident with every step! I bet she will be running by her first birthday. Cheetah smiled and said “she’s grown so much since I moved in. It’s so much fun to see her grow! When I first got here, she couldn’t even crawl.” Peggy has been saying “Chachacha,” and Chase thinks she might be trying to say Cheetah’s name. That little squirt loves her big brother, and he clearly loves her too. Every child needs a loving home, and I’m so blessed to have 2 children laughing and playing in my home!
Peace and love, y’all!