Monday, September 24, 2007

An unexpected kindness

My niece Kristen surprised me late last week with a gift certificate to a hair salon! I could get my hair cut & styled, coloured, highlighted...whatever....I was flabbergasted, overwhelmed, embarrassed, and profoundly moved and appreciative of her amazingly kind and generous gift!

It has been well over a year since I got my hair done...I had been commenting on facebook howI kept meaning to get a haircut on payday...but as everyone knows, after bills, groceries, the needs of four kids, any socializing at all...comes with a cost. So, naturally, you put off doing things for yourself to the next paycheque, but the cycle begins again.

For her to notice that I needed to put myself first, to pamper myself...heck to maintain myself...made me realize that it has to be prioritized and it comes with a price! Somehow, I need to learn to put myself first on certain the gym...going for a walk, eating healthy...rather than worrying that I'm needed somewhere else.

Even writing this I feel like I'm complaining or being ungrateful for my wonderful family and hoo wendy is busy! Plus, I am blessed beyond measure to have my wonderful sister who has become my rock of late...and I have all my dearest friends nearby that I love dearly! But Kristen at the wise old age of 14 taught me a lesson. Not to mention, to hear some of the kind things she said about me, well it really touched me and I will cherish her kindness forever!

Thank you Kristen, I can only imagine you will become even more amazing as you transform into a young woman!


Donovan Colt Torp said...

Thank you for the nice post on your niece. I have been going back and forth on establishing a blog and I think you have put me "over the edge". I am a homeschooling parent as well and I loved your refreshing honesty.

Thank you also for the links to your husband's website and the regular working guy and fakerepubulic blogs as well; all were refreshing.

Have an excellent day!

Donovan Colt Torp

Daffodil said...

I am very proud of my daughter and you are one of her beloved aunties... she is so happy to be around family. It is not pride to take care of yourself - if you take care of the mother, then the mother takes care of the whole family. Remember that! (ps my sweetie-pie is still just 13...). It gave her such happiness and delight to do something for someone she adores.

Heidi said...

awwwww!!! what a sweet post! now i understand why your hair looked so newly styled, and highlighted.


onelittlemustardseed said...

Hi, donovan colt torp! Thanks for commenting! You should gives you an outlet to share things that otherwise often go unsaid or you think no one would be interested.

It is also a great way to stay in touch with family and friends and to make new friends.

Homeschooling can be lonely at times so this is a great way to stay in touch with other like minded individuals.

Glad you liked the other links..they are some of my favourites!

onelittlemustardseed said...

Well, I am equally glad she is around! She is one cool chicky...oh, and when will you start posting some of your art on your blog??

onelittlemustardseed said...

Thanks Heidi, I've received some lovely compliments...I even got a hug from Alli...and she isn't overly huggy, so that was nice!

restyled home said...

What a nice post! Just one question...where is the picture of your new haircut?? By the time I see you again, it'll be all grown out!!!
Cough it up, sister...

Jill said...

Lovely pic of Kristen, cant wait to see you! I havent gone anywhere since Chantal had to stop doing hair, still think I'm getting away with hacking at it myself.( hoping my real friends will tell me otherwise!)

onelittlemustardseed said...

Yes, Kristen is very pretty both inside and out. My hair was a disaster..and it looks really nice now...more so if I take the time to style it...but I hate doing that! I imagine your hair looks great...I always loved the colour of your hair!