As a parent, there are many, many moments when you question your own sanity for having embarked on this voyage.  What, just me?  ; )  C’mon, you know it’s true!

So when those little moments of serendipity happen, those times when your kids do something that make you catch your breath, it’s like validation from the Universe.  “Hang in there, you’re doing it right!”

The other day at the lake, my tween wanted to walk to the convenience store with her friend – literally 1/4 mile – for a snack.  I waffled and wavered and finally gave in.

When they returned a short time later, my daughter had a bag.  In it were two boxes of the kids’ favorite crackers, marked “2/$3” (so YAY, she is a bargain hunter!) as well as a 10-pack of juice pouches.

I almost cried.

She went to the store with her friend, because she was hungry, and with her money made sure to purchase enough that we could all have something.  It was awesome.

This morning, my youngest little bit was asking me about my running, and who comes with me. 

“Does Miss X go with you?”

“No,” I said.  “We’d like her to, but she doesn’t.”

“Why not?”

“Well, she thinks that she can’t do it,” I explained.

“Oh,” she said wisely, nodding with understanding.  “You just have to tell her it’s on the other side of fear.”

I looked at her, stunned.  Now, she did not come up with this on her own.  It is part of our “fridge-spiration”, but I put those things up with no explanation.  I feel like insight is something that can’t be spoon-fed…we gain the understanding when we’re ready.

So I was astonished that, at eight years old, she is apparently ready.

And I am so, so grateful for these types of moments, that let me know that even if only occasionally, I am doing something right.

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