This morning, we overslept a little bit. I know that sounds like a bad thing, but it wasn’t. My baby isn’t the greatest sleeper, and she’s only just started sleeping through the night.
So this morning, when I woke up to the sound of her and her sister babbling away at 8 am, the fact we were going to be a bit late was somewhat inconsequential. They’d slept for 12 hours and more importantly, I’d slept for about 7 1/2.
So the fact that we had a rather rushed shower and breakfast and came out of the house with Lia looking a bit of a mess, and the rather obvious matter of me not having brushed my hair wasn’t actually a bad thing.
Despite this, by the time we’d finished Lia’s baby sign class and put petrol in the car, Lia was tired and grumpy and I looked messy and knackered as usual.
So it was nice when you started chatting to me about Lia as I paid for the fuel, it was kind of you to say hello to her and ask me her age and whether she had any siblings.
Actually, it’s a rare occurrence for me to speak to anybody outside of my family so it made a refreshing change.
I’m not sure whether you looked at us in our messy state and felt sorry for us. I’m not sure if you judged us because we were both in rather old, ragged looking clothes. Or maybe you just thought we needed cheering up.
Whatever the reason was, you gave us a free Cadbury’s Creme egg after I’d paid for the petrol. It was a small act of kindness, but sometimes, it’s the smallest things that mean the most.
It was an excuse to go home and sit down with a cup of coffee and share the chocolate with Lia before I got on with everything I had to do.
As it turned out, my day hasn’t been that great despite the lovely lie in this morning. I got to about 9 pm thinking all was going well, popped out for a run and accidentally woke Lia up when I had a shower.
It’s now gone 11 pm and she’s still awake, it’s going to be another late and potentially sleepless night, I still haven’t finished work yet and I’m generally feeling a bit miserable.
So the cup of coffee and a Creme egg this morning was pretty much the highlight of my day. And sharing some chocolate without Libby claiming most of it was extremely exciting for Lia.
I’m not fond of people really, they tend to be more trouble than they’re worth. I’m certainly not a kind person. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t walk past if someone was in trouble, but I’m not one for random acts of kindness.
But having realised how much difference a small gesture like that can make to someone’s day, perhaps I’ll try it some time.
Thanks for the chocolate.