Impressions

Posted On September 6, 2008

Filed under life, The Spin Cycle

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Everyone we encounter leaves an impression on our lives.  Even those people that we only randomly pass once in our long lives.  Each time we acknowledge another person, the impressions we leave on each other are ever lasting.

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At the grocery store a stressed woman is standing in line with her three children.  Her youngest child has bags under her red eyes.  She looks at me, her eyes are pleading.  “Wow, you are in for a long night,” I say.  She gives me a small sad smile.  As she loads up her cart, I wish her good luck and assure her tomorrow will be a better day.

***

We are eating lunch at a restaurant.  It is one of very few “dates” we are able to make time for.  An elderly woman is struggling with the heavy outside door.  Bear and I both stand up, he moves first and gestures for me to sit back down.  He rushes over and opens the door.  He waits for her and then escorts her to the hostess.  She just smiles and pats his arm, says nothing.

***

I feel a tug at my pant leg.  The Tyrant is trying to get my attention.  “Can I have a penny?” she asks.  Absently, I dig a penny out of my purse and hand it to her.  She smiles, “Thank you!”, and skips over to the next line.  She hands the penny to another little girl.  “Here, now you can ride the horsey”, she declares.  A grateful father looks at me, as The Tyrant skips back to me.  “Thank you, I forgot my pennies today.”

***

The Mother Hen, The Show, The Tyrant and I are dress shopping for The Mother Hen’s school dance.  A sales-lady watches as we are struggling to carry about 20 dresses to the dressing room.  “Let me help you with that,” she says as she grabs half of them.  She opens a dressing room and moves a rack close to us so that we don’t have to hold everything.  “She is really nice,” The Show and The Tyrant say.  “Yeah, she is”, The Mother Hen agrees.  After trying on several dresses, The Mother Hen comes out wearing her favorite one.  Every sales-person and other moms in the store gasp and tell her how beautiful she looks as she twirls around.

***

Life is all about the impressions we make and the impressions we receive.  Each impression, no matter how fleeting, shapes who we are and how we view the world.

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10 Responses to “Impressions”

  1. Sprite's Keeper

    This is so heartwarming, thank you! I’m very glad I got to read this today (especially since I came home grumbling from being mistreated at the store.) and now I’m able to shake off the blues. You’re linked and a lot of people need to read this and remember just how important our two seconds of interaction with someone may be.

  2. Debbie

    Very nice. Fleeting impressions are just as important as those made by people who remain in our lives.

  3. sammanthia

    What a great spin on “Impressions”… this is why I’m afraid to hop on the bandwagon! I want to, but then I read posts like these and I know I could never do as well!
    GREAT job!

  4. Amy

    Wonderful post and I like the look of things around here! I have been so out of touch lately but it is nice to keep reading and this post is just such a sigh of kindness! Thanks!

  5. Tricia

    Very well said, and so very true! It’s the tiny things, the every day generosities that can make or break not just someone’s day, but someone’s soul. I can’t imagine how beautiful and wonderful The Mother Hen felt when the other moms and women in the dress shop admired her beauty. She’ll carry that with her for awhile.

  6. Mike

    thank you for reminding me that I need to look for those times in my life to contribute and stop grumbling because someone didn’t help me…

  7. evenspor

    What a great reminder about how the little things can make a difference. I heard a talk once about “people who notice things” and jump in to help where help is needed. I am still working at being one of those people. It’s a worthy goal, IMO.

  8. Krystal

    truly beautiful and inspiring! Great job!

  9. HeatherPride

    I love the story about the penny. It makes me so happy when I see my son’s generous side. (God knows I see his bratty side often enough!)

  10. Casey

    What a great post, thanks for sharing! I go through life thinking about all of the evil in the world but this reminds me that there is a lot of good as well.

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