What I am thank­ful for

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I felt the need to write a few things I am grate­ful for to­day. Lately I have felt like I was liv­ing through things that I didn’t think I could pos­si­bly ever feel like a nor­mal per­son with a nor­mal life. Things were fall­ing apart in my per­sonal life due to not only choices I made, but oth­ers as well, and that was af­fect­ing my re­la­tion­ships with ev­ery­one around me. I found my­self cry­ing my­self to sleep won­der­ing, “What should I do?! How on earth is ev­ery­thing ever go­ing to feel bet­ter again?”

Lay­ing in bed one af­ter­noon, I called my lit­tle 6-year-old son, who by the way is the only one out of my four kids that will still cud­dle with me, into my room, and I said, “Axel, let’s watch a movie to­gether, you pick.” Of course, we ended up watch­ing the most bor­ing thing ever. How­ever, once the movie started, he put his arms around me and said in his still-adorable voice, “I love you, Mommy.” My heart melted and I started cry­ing. No mat­ter what I was go­ing through, this lit­tle boy loves me. I mean, I did ig­nore the fact that the sec­ond sen­tence was, “Can I have some Oreos and a soda?” Putting to­gether all the messed up things that can go wrong, what is right is those four beau­ti­ful kids that at times make me hide and eat junk in my room, or they wake me up be­cause they are bored. They are what I need to get through what­ever comes my way. I can’t fail them, for that I am so grate­ful.

Ka­t­rina Espinoza Springville

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