I'm only passing through...
Children Are a Light in a World of Darkness
Published on February 18, 2004 By new-age nomad In Misc
Another day of babysitting...IT WAS GREAT!!! I had a little soul revitalization tonight. Usually, I try to keep the kids occupied with mind numbing television shows or playstation games. Not tonight. I ran Jacob some bath water then went in the living room to braid Cathlene's hair for her. I had my hair braided when I came over and I guess she thought it was the ultimate in cool.

So, I sit for a while forming tiny little braids all over this tiny little head and I start to ponder the fact that I'm enjoying this a little too much. I'd get up every so often and check on Jacob, then return to my tedious task. I just want to throw it out there that these are not the most enjoyable kids. In fact, I usually can't stand them. But I realized that when I gave more of myself, they let me have a little more of their love. Being selfless brings so much more joy than simply pleasing myself.

So, I finished with Cathlene's hair and returned to the bathroom. Jacob had let all the water out of the tub without washing his hair or his body. I just laughed, which was a little odd because I normally would have blown up. There's a country song that came out recently by Darryl Worley (correct me if I'm wrong--- not a big country fan) entitled, "Little Moments Like This". It's about when people screw up we love them more in those little moments than any other time because we're reminded of grace. I hummed that song as I filled up a little cup with water and proceded to wash Jacob's hair while he warmed his little toes under the running water.

I told Cathlene to go check out her hair, and she ran out of the bathroom and exclaimed, "Would you believe it? I LOVE IT!!!" Haha, gratitude is so nice. Hugs from children are even better, and I got two tonight. I read Cathlene one of her books while I tryed to make Jacob settle down and go to sleep. This was the most peacful night I've had in a long time.

So then, Debbie, their mother, gets home from her counseling appointment and pays me. I get paid 5 dollars an hour ususally, but she normally gives me a little extra. I babysat for only 2 hours tonight, and she wrote me a 50 dollar check!!! Tenille had told her that I'm saving for my trip to Tennessee to see my loved ones over Spring Break. How blessed am I???

And, as for those two little heathen children....well, we'll just say they're a blessing IN DISGUISE!!!


on Feb 18, 2004
you said to correct you... it's Brad Paisley not Darryl Worley

close enough
on Feb 18, 2004
if you're coming to Tennesee, you might as well come on to North Carolina and come visit me... where are you gonna be in TN?
on Feb 18, 2004
This is so true. I have three boys of my own and do homedaycare. Sometimes I get frustrated but when you have those little sweet moments it makes it all worthwhile.
on Feb 18, 2004
It's amazing how little it takes to make things go well. It was good that you noticed it.
on Feb 19, 2004
Imanijit---thanx for the correction. I ..umm.. knew that. I was in North Carolina in August! We used to go there all the time to visit my step bro's and sis's. Spring Break is around the 19th I guess, I dont' know.

Ladies, thanx for the replies, I figured that's all I would get from this sappy blog---ladies.

on Feb 19, 2004
Glad you had fun Trin! I tried babysitting once, back in the, umm...old days, but it didn't appeal to me that much. I dread the day when I'll have my own, lol.
on Feb 21, 2004
Kids are the greatest. The only problem is, often we get so wrapped up in our crazy adult worlds to notice them. Paying attention requires a focused effort, and most of the time I'm to selfish. I'm glad you had a moment of euphoria.
on Dec 27, 2004

I'm glad I did too.