I’m dedicating this week of blog posts toward thanks-giving. I hope you can identify with this, and it would prompt your own bit of giving thanks. Um…thanks for reading!
I’m thankful for the guy at Walmart a few days ago. I had run there one night after cancelling a meeting because my wife had class and my 2 year-old was sick. We needed medicine. Little Dude was holding up though, and little spurts of happiness came out. One was a Christmas tree (don’t get me started on that…I need to focus on giving thanks). As we looked at the colorful lights on the tree, a random guy sitting on the bench next to the exit began to sing a Christmas song in a loud, operatic voice.
At first I thought he was kidding, but I realized that he was actually quite serious. He was invested in bringing a smile to my little boy’s face. As we started to walk out, he started out with his cart as well and continued singing. I told him the only one he really knew was “Rudolf;” so he went at it. As we parted ways I said, “Thank you.”
He replied, “Thank you.” And here’s when he hit me with it…
“And thank you for being such a great dad.”
He didn’t know me. He couldn’t have known if I was a great dad or not. Maybe he read something on my demeanor, when I paused to let my son look at the tree. Regardless, he saw something that in that moment I hadn’t noticed; and it encouraged my heart.
So today I’m thankful for that man, whoever he is, and his small bit of encouragement. It was big for me.