My sister flew in from the east coast a few months ago so that my husband and I could attend a marriage retreat. It was the first time we had left the kids at the same time and the first time since our honeymoon eleven years ago that we went away just the two of us. When I picked my sister up at the airport she looked like she had just walked off the pages of Vogue. Her long, blonde hair blowing in the wind and her quick, focused walk towards my minivan reminded me of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. She was on a mission and her mission was to relieve her baby sister of parenting for a week.
I reached up above my head for the automatic door button and it slid open just in time for my sister to scoot on in and find her place right in between my three kids. Their faces all turned upwards with laser-like focus on their beautiful aunt; no one said a word. My kids were silent. I could tell they were taking in my sister’s presence and enjoying the yummy smell of her perfume that cut right through the smell of my kid-filled car. My sister was in town and suddenly, life was just as it should be again.
We picked up right where we left off just a few months prior as sisters do when they’re as close as we are. We laughed and joked about the week ahead for her and my kids. My sister had taken a week off from work to help us and did not hesitate to say yes when I asked her if she would watch my kids. I had prepared for her arrival by putting together a six page printout of how each day should go while I was away. We chit chatted about this appointment for that child and who needed what in their lunchbox. In the middle of our conversation I told her how much I loved her and how beautiful she looked for having just been on an airplane.
“Well, this is as good as it’s gonna get,” she laughed. “I figured with three kids, this would be my only time to actually put nice clothes on, do my hair and put on makeup.” Touche, I thought.
“Well you look great,” I said.
“Yeah, I just figured I’d throw my hair up in a bun or something and well, I looked on Pinterest so I’m good,” she said.
“Looked on Pinterest for what?” I asked.
Trying to hold back her smile she said, “for stay-at-home mom clothes.”
Silence in the car…
“What?” I asked. “Did you actually type in “stay-at-home mom clothes”?”
“Um, yes,” she giggled.
“Wait. Is that really a thing?” I asked.
“Yes it is!” She said.
“Oh my gosh. I cannot believe you did a search for that on Pinterest,” I said. “You are hilarious.”
But guys, that is so like my sister. I know you’ve never met her but that’s how she is. She shows up prepared and ready to go. When she says she’s going to do something she does it and she does it with her whole heart.
Who’s that person for you? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a work-outside-of-the-home mom, who is that person who’s in your corner and so in your corner that she would log on to Pinterest to find out what to wear so she could fit in to your life with your kids to help your family. Make a list of all the people in your life who have a positive impact on you and tell them. Write each one a letter or pick up the phone and take a few minutes to let them know.