I'm not all that sentimental. I tend to see it as sappy. But, it seems appropriate this week to be a little squishy, sticky, sappy.
I found this link through a friend on Facebook. What on earth would I do without Facebook? I'd have no idea what's going on in the world.
Moments that restored our faith in humanity this year.
And I do hold the opinion that the majority of people are good. I point out the fact that parents will help other parents in a crisis. It's because we know what they're going through. We know the feeling of being faced with the fullest, poop stuffed diaper we've ever encountered in a public bathroom and finding there are no wipes in the diaper bag. Other parents will gladly hand over some wipes with the comment, "Oh, I have soooo been there. You have a clean diaper?"
I've also noticed that when the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrates the coverage is not about the church members, it's about the counter-demonstrators who block the signs or the bikers who surround them to rev their big engines to drown out their shouts. They don't turn and scream at the Phelps family, they just turn their backs and keep them hidden. We know the Phelps family hates everyone and thinks everyone is going to Hell. But the grieving who are going to the funeral of a fallen soldier don't need to see them. They have the right to state their opinion. The rest of us have the right to be offended and protect others from their vitriol.
Most people will do the right thing when faced with that choice. A mom will stop to ask a crying child what's wrong. (And a good way to handle a lost child it is to ask the child what their mom's name is. Then start yelling "Ann! Ann! AAAAANNNNNNN!!!! I've got Cody! He's over here!" without asking the child to come with you, which they're not supposed to do. Probably an hysterical woman will run up to squeeze the breath out the kid and thank you profusely.) A man driving a Roto Rooter truck will pull over to help someone change a tire. Did you know those Rooter guys give out their home numbers and tell customers to call them if they need any help with their plumbing. Then they'll come help out for free.
There are all kinds of examples.
I'm trying to learn to be comfy with being optimistic and find the good in things. It feels strange to me.
But these stories are helping.
Amanda's beauty tip of the day: A little sparkle on your face is festive and fun during the holidays. Just don't over do it, unless you are Lady Gaga and then go for it!