“You’re Doing a Great Job”

“You’re Doing a Great Job”

On our first sea day on the boat, we were out by the pool.  I was brave enough to wear my two-piece swimsuit, and I was COMMITTED that I was going to have fun (and not hide in it).  Remi was playing ALLLLL around the pool (which is like in the middle of the main deck).

Tyler was staying in the pool to play with her when she jumped in- and I was outside the pool as she went around the pool and into the sprinkler showers. While we played, there was music going- so I was sort of dancing around and letting her have fun.

I was giving her space, playing with her when she was trying to engage me, letting her explore and trying to have fun myself.

And that’s when it happened.

A lady came over to me and I braced myself. I thought she was going to either get onto me for letting her sort of “run wild” (though she wasn’t running…and wasn’t really wild) around the pool.  Or I thought we were going to get questioned AGAIN about her being potty trained (diapers weren’t allowed in the pool- so a Carnival worker approached us to make sure she was toilet trained).

But she didn’t.  She said “Oh my goodness, she’s so FREAKING cute (well, she had a little alcohol in her system, so she used another word). I’m sorry if we are staring, but she’s adorable and we are loving watching her.”

I relaxed a little.  I thanked her.  Then she said it.

“And you’re doing a great job, mom. She’s having fun. You’re having fun. You’re setting a great example for her. You’re doing a great job.”

I hugged her.  Those words meant SO much. All I want to do is a good job.  I’ll never be perfect (at anything, but especially this mom thing). But I want to do a good job.

That lady will never know the impact of her words, but I need to remember to encourage others when I see it and think it. Because it mattered to me.

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