In my mind, I was just going to pick up my kids and head home... Then I would discover that he had this array of items for me to load into my car... which, in turn, meant unloading them from my car and finding a home for them. I don't know about you, but my least favorite thing about going to the grocery store is when you get home... unloading and putting everything away. Instead of knowing ahead of time that I was going to be unloading and putting away, it was thrust upon me and I did not feel like a willing participant... I resented it, even.... Peculiar, I know... and even selfish I suppose.
So writing about it has done a couple of things... First, it really has highlighted for me just how generous he is... In the past, I would bring the things home... put them "somewhere" as quickly as I could, annoyed the whole time, and move on with my day and not really give the items much thought.
But with the blog post, I now have an inventory... a record.. of just how often he shops with me and my kids in mind... and how abundant his generosity is. I am so much more mindful of each and every thing he sends our way... and also much, much more appreciative... While there are still the items I have no idea what he had in mind when he bought it... I appreciate them nonetheless...
I have also found that our relationship is a bit less strained than it has been in the past... I recognize his efforts to be supportive and helpful and that, in turn, affords me just the insight I need to be a bit more patient with him and attentive when he's got a "story" to tell (oh my... could that be another series of posts about my dad!) My dad has stories that will make your head spin... mostly with his take any any given situation... But... another time... I'll wait for then next particularly mind boggling conversation to open that can of worms.
So... without further ado... the latest and greatest abundant array from my dad...
|A close up of one of the tuliips... |
they are so pretty.