Something happened last week that really made me stop and think. I want to share it with you.
I was having a lunch time conversation with my 89 year old mother-in-law. She was a child in Kansas during the Depression. She was from a poor family and had four siblings.
Mom has health problems now to the point that she needs full time care. That carer is me.
I learn so much from this woman, she is one of my heroes. We have had many great discussions about her past life experiences. I think I learn something valuable and inspiring every time.
She told me about an uncle that would come to town usually once a year. He had money. At least he had more money than their family ever did. She said that when he would come to visit during the hardest years, he would always buy a one hundred pound bag of flour and one of sugar for them. She said "We were always so happy to get those, because we rarely had sugar. It meant that Mom would make cakes for us once in a while."
Just at that moment, the variety of decadent cupcakes sitting on the table seemed to jump out at me. Chocolate with chocolate icing, vanilla with vanilla bean icing, and chocolate/chocolate chip. My husband had bought them the night before.
I thought to myself, as I often do after one of her true life stories "Sheesh! I will never complain about anything again!" I really don't think I am a big whiner, and I have always believed that having a grateful heart is important. I'll admit though, that moments like that give me an immediate attitude adjustment! I just don't usually realize how blessed I am. Perhaps spoiled is a better word? Reminders like that are very sweet food for thought! Pun intended.