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Babysitting at the Laundromat!

Another trip to the laundromat to dry clothes…

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Almost completed with running all the necessities to move washer/dryer to upstairs from basement…

I am so ready!…

but, have to say… I will miss the friendships made from talking to so many people where we dry our clothes…

As I have said… Lots of refugees in this area… and communication is lacking… but…

when we are there… we make do… expressing our words in a different manner…

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A mother dressed in full dress of her country comes in with a baby girl in a carrier… and another daughter… probably 2-3 years old…

She is looking around with a questioning look on her face…

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Being a Mom… I could relate already…

She has LOTS of clothes to bring in… but, no one to watch the children… while she does this…

I get her attention… and reassure her… that I will watch them while she gets her laundry in the building…

The kids are smiling… and seem to understand too… although a baby and a toddler…

I smile to let them know that I am just going to be there… to keep them safe…

Mom proceeds to bring in load after load of clothes…

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and the little girl starts grinning at me with a comfortable way…

When “baby” girl decides she needs her Mom… I pick her up and hold her and walk around consoling her… as tears begin…

She is seeing Mom coming in and then leaving again and again…

The children had big round suckers to occupy them… k16892939

…a mother’s thought before she came in…

Now… sticky… I offer the mother a clean wash cloth to wet and wipe them off…

She takes it… knowing my meaning… and proceeds to wet the cloth and wash faces and hands…

Mom finally is settled inside and reaches for baby… and then the little girl with big bright brown eyes… scarf wrapped around head like her Momma’s…

reaches her arms for me to take her…

I pick her up… and hold her… and she is quite happy…

Just then my Bobby appears by my side and those little arms reach out to him…

She is perfectly content for him to hold her… as he sits down to wait for the Momma to get finished…

Finally Mom is able to sit down and gather her babies… and with a knowing smile we part…

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a new adventure …

Babysitting at the laundromat!…

 

Am I a Good Person?

I’ve had a few comments lately that stuck with me…vl0008b011

One was “I like how you think!”…u15284580

I wasn’t sure about that “Terry” at first…

How do my words come out?

How do I express myself?

Do I sound like the person I really am?

What is it that others are hearing?

I believe that’s “a good thing”… as I call it…

Liking what she hears…k15019591

We seem to like the same things

Have the same valuesk9530732

Have a caring nature

So, I was pleased that I was thought about in that manner…

Another came from a friend I made recently…

She says, “I find you “unique”…k8528075

OK … Janice…

Unique… can be many things

Crazy unique…k2231908

Dress funny unique…k5212671

Say things off the wall unique…

and then she proceeds to tell me…

It’s a good thing… in a good way…

She says she observes me…k5973988

ME! … why???

She says she notices I talk to all kinds of people…

different colors… car0191

rich or poor…swi0041k0644874

friendly or not…

unattractive to beautiful…k14205364

So… I’m thinking… “What’s unique about that?”…

but, it seems she “can’t” do that…

“Can’t” is one of those words NOT in my vocabulary…

Why not?

Shyness?k9298563

Opinions?

Issues from your past?

How you grew up?

Heh, people! … we are grown up now!…

We make ourselves who we want to be!…

WE are in charge of making ourselves into who we would like others to like…

Of course I was a little taken back by the comment… but, knowing it was meant “in a good way”… I left smiling…

Another friend calls and says she just likes to hear my voice… (thanks Joan)…k11313815

That I sound…

so positive…

so friendly…

so truthful…

so helpful…ti087a0205

What do you say to that!

except…

Think Positive Thoughts! k15306418

Be KIND!

Listen!

Help if you can! k6314979

It will only benefit in making yourself feel even better!

Maybe I’ve become a pretty good person!…u12026968

I could live with that!