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To the group of British tourists on the HCW Steam Train:

September 28, 2010
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Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.  Your kind words came at just the right time for me, and if I was looking pretty shocked when you approached me it was because I really was, but I was also delighted, and thankful, and RELIEVED!

Last week, S. Geek was away the whole week and when he did get home he threw his back out and spent about 40 hours lying on the couch just trying to get comfortable.  I was lonely the whole week, and then majorly disapointed when, because of S. Geek’s back we had to go apple picking with out him.  We still had fun, but it wasn’t the same without him.  The kids had a blast playing and being out in the open where they could run and yell as loud as they pleased but for me it was just another day spent ALONE.

After that I was feeling defeated and sad and worn out.  I told S. Geek that I had given all that I could give, I was empty, I had nothing left for him even though his back was in rough shape, he had just returned home and in only a few short days would be gone again for a lengthy trip hundreds of kilometre’s away.  He kicked me out of the house, he didn’t care where I went or what I did but I had to leave and do something nice for myself.  So I did, I went for a pedicure and I think the salon person took off about an inch of dead skin off of my heel but I still wasn’t feeling my very best or the strongest I should feel.

I had reserved us seats on an area attraction called the HWC Steam Train, it’s a 5 hour excursion that promised to be fun for all ages.  And it so was.  Later in the week, I’ll share our experience with you because it was SO much fun. When it was all over, and we arrived back at the station, your group of British tourists actually made the point to come up to my family and praise how well behaved our children were both on the train and in the restaurant where we had lunch for a whole hour.  I can’t begin to describe how your simple kind words have affected me.  I’ve been thinking about them all evening and it still makes my heart absolutely SING!

I’ve gotten compliments of this nature before but it is usually after my daughter chats someone up at the grocery store or somewhere where there is already some sort of communication already started.  But you, you all could have let us leave that parking lot never bothering to mention anything.  You took the time to utter the words every mother dreams of hearing and you seemed to do it on a day when I needed to hear something like that to lift me up.  So thank-you, whoever you are.  You absolutely made my day, my whole week actually!

I often wonder if I’m on the right path with my kids.  Am I too strict?  Do I teach them the right way to do things, or am I leaving them blind to navigate on their own?  Today, you told me in plain beautifully accented English that I am doing things right.  In not so many words, that I am on the right path.  I feel…wonderful.

So thank-you again, you’ll never know how much your kind words have helped.

Hugs,

Jenn

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2010 11:24 am

    I love those comments! How nice of them to go out of their way to compliment you and your family. I hope you feel refreshed after your pedi and excursion (especially after that wonderful comment)!

  2. September 28, 2010 2:32 pm

    That’s the best feeling as a mother, it always makes me feel so proud when I get those kind of compliments. Congratulations on having such great kids, you’re a wonderful mother! 🙂

  3. Robynn permalink
    September 28, 2010 5:43 pm

    Jenn,
    You are a wonderful mother, one of the best I know. Your little munchkins are amazing and a true testament to your skills as a mom. Hope to see you soon. We are going on the Steam Train on Saturday, can’t wait!

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