There are so many things in life that make you go hmmm. This is a story of three of those things that led to a moment I won’t soon forget. I didn’t start off the day thinking that shoes, sunflowers and the universe would have a lesson to teach me, but they did.
We all have those really stressed out, tiring days. When we seem to be in our own way and can’t see that the universe is really looking out for us in the smallest of ways. Back to school shopping can be a tough when it’s disorganized, and this year just seemed to be one of those chaotic years.
Every day my children would come home with one more thing that they needed. I thought I was finally done but when I came home from a very long and busy day at work. My oldest and youngest daughter ambushed me in the driveway with yet another request. One needed shoes and the other a blue shorts and a white top for gym class.
Shopping was the last thing I wanted to do but I didn’t really have a choice. As I drove to the store I was silently hoping we would find everything in a short span of time and I could go home and relax with my family. I silently told myself to keep it positive, to find the good in this situation. I found blue shorts and a white top for my youngest right away. The shoes for my oldest took much, much longer.
Two stores later I decided we would head to our local Wal-Mart. I headed to the shoe aisle and as I turned my carriage around the corner a little black pair of running shoes caught my eye and made me smile. My daughter hit the shoe isle and tried on almost every pair. She has small wide feet so finding a comfortable pair is usually a challenge.
By this time I was getting tired, frustrated and my back was getting sore. I had been on my feet all day. My daughter was also getting frustrated and after trying on shoes for hours she asked if we could just go home. Now I am known to be tenacious. My husband calls it being stubborn or hard headed. There was no way we were leaving that store without a pair of shoes.
I was sitting on the bench where you try the shoes on, and I looked to the shelf on my left and there were the shoes that made me smile when we first walked into the store. They were the only pair left. They were also her size. I closed my eyes and let out a breath.
I said to her “Please try these shoes on. I know you’re tired and I’m also tired but I have a feeling these are the shoes for you.” She looked at me. I looked at her. It was a stare down. Finally with a teenage sigh, she took the shoes and tried them on.
“Mom I love them, they fit perfectly!”
That was the sweetest music to my ears. We put them in the carriage and headed to the cashier to pay. All the cashiers each had fresh flowers for customers to buy. I went through the express line, where it tells you which cashier to go to. The one we ended up at had beautiful bunches of sunflowers.
I had to shake my head and just smile one more time. I’ll explain but first I truly believe we get in our own way sometimes and we don’t see the things around us. There are always little things that try to guide us, or help us in our daily lives. It’s a very spiritual and positive thing to tap into. Yet most times we are so busy with life that we fail to see what’s in front of us. We fail to see that the Universe is teaching us a lesson.
Here’s the thing. The shoes I bought my daughter are a brand called Tredsafe and the model was called Nancy.
My mom’s name was Nancy and her favorite flowers were sunflowers. Coincidentally my mom passed away from Ovarian Cancer 8 years ago, and the national flower for Ovarian Cancer is the sunflower.
Yeah. Things that definitely make you go hmmm.