Sue and our crew
Thursday December 27th 2007, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Life

Sue’s white amaryllisLast night, Kim, our daughter-in-law-to-be, flew into town, and today’s our son-in-law’s birthday, so we celebrated both by taking the whole crew out to dinner.

To the restaurant where Sue works. The Sue whose story leads off my “Wrapped in Comfort” book. And she was there.

Our kids were 11 and 32 months and turning five the first time we went there, with the youngest not yet on the way. Now the youngest is away for his two-year Mormon mission, the oldest two have found the loves of their lives, and we got to show off the three Sue knew then and what they have turned into over the years. And I got to thank her in person for her white amaryllis, which is still blooming three weeks later (I took this photo a few minutes ago), and tell her it has a third flower stalk coming up.

She came over, hugged me, and at one point told me a funny story about a onetime grumpy customer, and then went back over to a table she was serving–I thought about it… There was an older woman at a table near us who was looking fairly grumpy herself. She didn’t see me; there was no eye contact involved. I simply found myself saying a prayer for her, whoever she might be, as she and her family got up from their table, done. I was silently thinking, Lady, you have just had a fine meal and a dinner out with your loved ones, the day after Christmas. The peace of the season to you from my heart–God be with you. And I asked God to come.

To my delight I saw her turn back to the man I assume was her husband, her face and demeanor relaxing, and then she actually smiled! Success!

I love doing that. I love being unseen and quietly saying a prayer for someone. I love seeing them becoming more happy. It certainly doesn’t always work, but it does surprisingly often, and when it does, it is so wonderful. People don’t always have to actually see you smiling for you to offer them one of yours.

And then I turned my attention back to my own loved ones and enjoyed our fine evening together. And got one more hug from Sue before we headed out the door at the end.

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Sounds like a wonderful evening. thanks for sending a smile to the grumpy woman. Please send me one, I have started off a bit grumpy today.

Comment by Vicki 12.27.07 @ 2:48 pm

I hope you had a wonderful evening with your family!

Comment by Danielle from SW Missouri 12.27.07 @ 3:48 pm

The flower is still gorgeous! Thanks for reminding us that we should make a difference however we can. 🙂

Comment by Toni 12.27.07 @ 5:46 pm

Alison, you never cease to amaze me! I hope one day I might grow my own heart to be as big, kind, and compassionate as yours. Maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution. 🙂

I’m glad you’ve had a wonderful, blessed Christmas, and I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy 2008.



Comment by Paula 12.27.07 @ 6:50 pm

Beautiful story. Must remember all of that myself. Sometimes when I’m out and about, running late, and feeling cranky myself, I’ll see a family with a whiny or out-of-control child. More often than not, I grimace and wonder what is wrong with these parents. But occasionally (and hopefully more these days) send up a prayer for Mom or Dad, who is obviously having a rougher time than I am right now, and ask God to help me not to judge – I don’t know their situation. And we can all use a little help now and then. Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Niki 12.27.07 @ 10:24 pm

That is a beautiful amaryllis! *hugs* 🙂

Comment by Amy 12.28.07 @ 7:52 am

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