Trips to Costco with my son, Andrew, have never been dull, even when he was less than a year old. One day he & I went there to buy some groceries… I strapped him into one side of the cart which he now gets to sit in, much to his enjoyment. Before I even got into the main part of the store, we were greeted by a man smiling and asking, “How old is your son?”. I answer, he mentions how cute he is, says some kind words to Andrew, then as I am turning to go on our way, I notice several women with huge smiles, commenting to each other about Andrew. And then I look at Andrew, he has his ridiculously cute grin on, slobber running down his chin, and he is looking around… but not just looking at things, he’s looking at people, and he is looking them in the eye.
Our trips anywhere take way longer than when it was just me, we meet many people, young and old. I have heard stories of other’s children, grandchildren, jokes, lots of kind words spoken to Andrew, and have seen many, many people smile. I have had 30+ minute conversations. I have heard stories of loss and joy. All of this from strangers. At first I didn’t fully understand why so many people stopped to talk to Andrew and me, I mean, my kid is amazingly cute if I do say so myself, but still. Then one trip I watched Andrew more closely, and I realized then why people stopped. If someone came anywhere near him, Andrew looked them right in the eye, and usually smiled! And when you look someone in the eye, you invite them to talk to you. It connects you to them, it opens a door… and I have now seen that many people are just waiting to run through that open door. As adults, most of us seem to try NOT to look each other in the eye so as to keep our distance – we have things to do, places to be. But with Andrew, he looks people in the eye for the exact opposite reason, because he craves connection… he wants anyone and everyone to connect with him and to talk to him. The person in front of him at that moment is the most important person, he loves it when they stop and take time to talk. I want to be more like Andrew.
So, here I am, writing this blog, looking you in the eyes… I want to connect with you (and would love to hear from you, too!) I want to share my life with you, because connecting is what makes life full. I am going to be sharing some of my passions with you – my thoughts, ideas, stories, experiences. I hope you are blessed through my words. Some will be thoughtful, some will be practical, some will be inspiring, I hope. Faith, health and frugality, a few of my passions that I feel connect in ways everyday, and I want to help you connect them too.