It’s no secret that it takes one very small gesture, to put a big smile on someone’s face. As some of you may know, we’re currently living in a hotel as we attempt to close on a house. We’ve been here for two months now and are seeking the light at the end of the tunnel. Things can get a little hectic with a family of five (yes, our dog is included) sharing a hotel room. Our babies have been teething and babying around with their little baby selves, so they’ve been a little upset. On Thursday, Hunter was irritable, on Friday, it was Hudson. My free moments were few and far between, my mood was
bitchy and negative down and I was worried about our home inspection and every other thing that has gone wrong since arriving from Germany.
On Friday afternoon, after finally getting both of the twins calm, I flipped the tv channel to The Ellen Show and began washing bottles. Tom Hanks was a guest, who, as he and my Dad both age, they look more alike (Tom might be the better actor, but we haven’t given my Dad a chance, so, watch out, Mr. Hanks). Out of the corner of my eye, I could see my iPad lighting up with alerts. I thought that either A) someone had hacked into my accounts or B) I broke another piece of technology. Both of those would be on par for how things were going. When I finished my bottle cleaning rituals, I opened up the iPad to see that the alerts were from Instagram and The Ellen Show had re-posted a photo of Hudson and Hunter! This was WAY better than what I had expected! The alerts were from so many wonderful people following and leaving us kind comments.
In my excitement, I immediately called my Mom, who also loves Ellen, and recommended that I tag her on Instagram. She didn’t answer, so I called my husband, who also didn’t answer. Apparently, he was fixing a leak during our home inspection (we passed!), how dare he be responsible? I then texted my pal, Miranda, to share my news (I get embarrassed whenever I get attention, so I could only bring myself to tell one friend at the time). As I was texting my sisters-in-law, my mother-in-law send a message to let me know that the photo was on Ellen’s Facebook page as well! I couldn’t believe it!
The photo ended up being shared on multiple social media accounts. I went through and read some of the comments, and most of them brought a huge smile to my face. For the most part, people ARE good and ARE supportive. During a time when my little family is going through a lot of transitioning, something so small, like the reposting of a picture, or reading kind words about my babies, can have a huge impact on my day. Thank you to everyone who left us a nice comment, you’ve reminded me that a compliment goes a very long way. Thank you, Ellen, for reminding me how easy it is to be kind, and how powerful it can be to make people smile. People like you make the world a happier place. You will probably never read this, but I definitely had to write it. Consider my spirits lifted.
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