Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Monday, December 17, 2007

True Christmas Cheer

Last night I witnessed first-hand true Christmas spirit….true Christ-like giving.

Melvin and I took the kids to Red Lobster. I don’t know why. There’s something about that place (ever since we first went there when Cameron was only 5 days old), that brings out the worst in the kids’ behavior. This time was not much different.

Cameron, actually, was really good. Until his food came, he ignored everyone so that he could read his new Junie B. book. (I had a heavenly vision of someday sitting at the restaurant with all 3 of my kids quietly reading!)

Max kept busy with his new dragon fuzzy coloring book that Santa gave him the night before. But the boy likes to talk. And he doesn’t seem to have any awareness of voice volume. He yells most of what he says, which is a lot, and we’re shhhhhing him all through dinner, encouraging him to do less talking and more eating.

Ella was our monster this night. She wouldn’t color, she wouldn’t eat, she played musical laps and chairs. She had her hands in everyone’s food and she wanted to keep getting up to see the lobsters in the tank. It’s hard to eat crab legs while attending to all her ridiculous needs. Thankfully Melvin dealt with most of her issues for me, which was so nice of him.

There was a couple sitting right next to us. Melvin actually remarked to me that they were probably out for a nice, quiet dinner, and yet they get stuck by us. They looked quite young and I thought to myself that our table actually created instant birth-control for them. When they left Melvin even apologized for all the commotion caused by our kids. They brushed it off, said they have 3 kids of their own, and that our family was beautiful.

Seconds after they left, our waitress came over and informed us that the couple that just left paid for our kids’ meals! We were so pleasantly shocked. The waitress then informed us that the man said years ago when his kids were little (they’re now teenagers), he took his family out to Applebees and someone anonymously paid for their dinner. So around the holidays every year he’ll do the same thing for other families.

How humbled Melvin and I felt. We were so moved, we plan to do the same when we go out to eat.

Merry Christmas to all of you who go out of your way to volunteer and give of yourselves during this season and throughout the year.


At 6:17 PM, Blogger Maddy said...

Lummy! That's an excellent one. If my children ever become teenagers that's exactly what I'll do. On second thoughts, maybe I won't wait that long.
Best wishes

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Fantastic Four said...

What a great idea around the Holidays!!!! Oh yes, the kid thing. The entire time we were in Florida, we kept apologizing for the loudness that always followed Tom and I (Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3 and Thing 4)! I, alo, do not enjoy eating at Red Lobster because there is no time to sit and actually eat because the kids always need help with their crab legs!


At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Jaye said...

What a wonderful, heartwarming blessing that must have been for you! It definitely blessed my socks off to hear that! See, everything that you do for others comes back to you - you can't outgive God (but it certainly fun to try)!

Luke 6:38: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

God bless! Love & hugs!

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That was a very heartwarming, and Christmas-spirit filled story. It reminds me of the book "Pay it Forward", as a Langauge Arts teacher you've probably read it, it is YA reading, but those of you who haven't pick up a copy, it's an excellent read. God's blessings for a Merry Christmas to you, Cari, Max(Melvin) and the kids, and to all of Cari's bloggers and blog readers!

Love you much,
Auntie Nita

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

That is awesome! What a great way to give to others.

I hear you on the dinner out with little ones...not so fun, or enjoyable. Oh well, its just a season.


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