my mom and i went shopping at my favorite thrift store last year on my birthday. we took all four boys with us; which means a little bit of crazy. thrift shopping is awesome and at HOPE thrift (in richmond, va) where they have $1 clothes week i stock up. so i went to the register with an arm load of clothes; my mom checked out ahead of me. after the cashier had rung up my pile; a lady in line behind me tapped me on the shoulder. “i would like to pay for your purchase” she said. instantly my mind went defensive and selfish-how haggard do i look for this women to feel the need to pay for my thrift store clothes? my kids must have done it- she feels sorry for the poor mom with 4, out of control, boys. “oh you don’t have to do that” i said. “i would like to; God has greatly blessed me and i would like to bless you” she said. and smack, i got hit in the face with God’s goodness and my pride. my face went hot and my eyes welled with tears. “it’s my birthday today” i blubbered and hugged the godly stranger lady. “thank you”. the woman behind the counter held back tears as she handed me my bag and i rushed out the door to my mom and boys to share my birthday story.
that was last year’s birthday. this year i’m in a new place- physically, emotionally, spiritually. God has heaped blessings upon me. i’m going shopping at my new thrift store. we’ll see what happens; maybe i will pay for the person in line in front of me.
happy birthday to me.
(on a ridiculous side note: i took the boys to a winter survival homeschool coop yesterday. we went hiking in the “backcountry” -what does that even mean? we rushed out the door at the last minute -surprise, surprise- and i didn’t even think to take sunscreen. i’m 35 years old; i have 4 kiddos, we are outside all the time! but you’d think i was a newbie! today we all have glowing red faces (mine’s the worst) and i’m slathering on aloe. when am i gonna grow up?)