Today, I was walking around a shopping area close by home when a guy with a news camera stopped me and asked if I would talk to him. Uhh…yes! I’m one of those who don’t shy from a microphone. He said he was from a local news station. They do a segment called Street Fix where they ask people to talk about what’s on their mind…could be current events, personal interests, politics. I thought maybe he had asked the wrong girl since I have admittedly been laser focused on potty training and peanut butter sandwiches lately. I had, however, just left a store that sold strictly fair trade items and it brought my mind to a pressing issue that has come up in quite a few areas of my life lately – human trafficking.
I’m not sure I said anything of consequence, but I shared how encouraged I was by Houston’s awareness of modern day slavery. I mentioned the store I’d just patroned and a great speaker from the International Justice Mission I’d heard a few weeks ago. I didn’t exactly wave a banner or give a call to action. Perhaps, I should have. I hope I said enough to prompt someone to look into what we can all do to stop human trafficking in our lifetime…because we can, and it matters.
After my brush with local fame, I picked up Coltan from school and we cruised by Chick Fila for a little treat to which Coltan says, “Chick Fila is always about giving happiness.” God bless my little marketer. A chocolate milkshake and a little time solo with mom filled his heart with happy and that matters a whole lot, too.
Finally home, our gift-from-God-babysitter, Erica, had put sweet Leo down for a nap. After saying goodbye to her, Coltan reported that Leo’s door was wide open, his light was on, and he was fast asleep. I love it when stuff like this happens. I tend to put parameters around what I think my kids can do…not on purpose but if for 2.5 years I have put Leo to sleep in a dark, quiet room well then that must be the only way he’ll nap, right? nope. They always rise above my expectations and I really, really love that. No, the fact that Leo napped with the light on doesn’t matter, but what does matter is what these kids teach me in the smallest of actions. Worry less and take a note from their ability to go with the flow and adapt.