February 09, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

This week's experience was really fun for us.  I bought some cookies.  (I always buy them if I'm giving them to someone I don't know so they don't throw away homemade ones, thinking I'm a nut case.)  We originally were going to try and take them to some dispatchers, but we went on a wild goose chase trying and never found them.  So, we headed to the fire station instead. 

We were greeted by a really kind firefighter who offered to let my boys see the fire trucks and sit in them.  He let me take pictures (which are on my phone and I'm not sure how to get them off) and he gave the boys stickers and pencils.

While we were there they had to leave for a call and we got to watch them pull away with their sirens on and everything.  I thought it would be more fun to hear Rex vlog about it rather than me.  (The video is super short and he doesn't mention anything I didn't say already, so if you can't watch it you're not missing out.  The second part is hard to hear, but he's saying "hear my momma roar.") 

Rex wasn't as playful at the fire station as he was in the video.  He was more like a teenager meeting a rock star.  He just stared at the firefighter with his little mouth hanging open.  It was seriously funny.

Okay, let's talk about this week's challenge.  This challenge may not even seem like a good deed, but it's something I'm trying to work on personally.  The challenge is to listen.  Sometimes I find myself saying, "I don't know" to my kids' questions because I'm busy doing something else.  This week I'm going to try hard to give them my full attention when they are talking.  This doesn't have to be about kids, though.  It's a challenge to truly listen to everyone you come across.  Maybe it's a stressed friend who just needs to know you care.  Maybe it's someone who needs to vent.  Maybe it's a person who feels alone. 

I know that this challenge is a hard thing to gauge, but I also know it's really important.  I might write it on my hand to help me remember it throughout the week.

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

Now, how did your week go?  Did you do something for a public service worker?  Let's hear about it!

Thanks for reading.


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