Sometimes we encounter wisdom in the most unlikely of places. Yesterday our family was walking out of McDonalds when we met a friendly employee who commented on our cute kids while emptying the trash cans. Jason thanked him for the compliment, and asked if he had any children of his own. He replied, no sirree, he wasn't married yet, and he wasn't gonna have no kids outta wedlock. Happy to meet a stranger who so openly professes morality, I smiled and felt grateful for the lesson I had learned about standing up for goodness.
However, my lesson in wisdom was just beginning. After Jason slipped out the door with a baby in one arm and a diaper bag on the other, this man pulled me aside. Looking me straight in the eyes, he said, "I hope you know how lucky you are to have a man who does what he's supposed to do. I'll bet you got a dozen friends who would kill to have a man like yours."
My eyes filled with tears as I walked into the parking lot and realized how right he was. This man, humble in speech and appearance, possessed a wisdom and insight so profound that I thought of the angels that walk among us.
Indeed, I am lucky. I feel so grateful to have a husband who is intelligent, funny, creative, talented, but most of all loving, considerate, thoughtful, and good. It sounds cheesy, but he truly inspires me to be better every day. In those moments when I have questioned the sanity of juggling graduate school, an assistantship, and motherhood, I have felt peace knowing that each moment the girls are not with me, they are building loving relationships with their father. He truly is the best Dad.
And so, please bear with me if I brag on Jason yet again by sharing a link to a video of him telling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to our daughters. I recently posted this video for my ESL students since we're doing a mini-unit on fairy tales. The storyline is familiar, but Jason's academy award winning sound effects give it a life of its own. :)