Dear Lady In Front of Me at Michael's,
I know that I was perhaps giving you incredibly nasty looks when you were in front of me in line. I was secretly wishing that you had far less items in your cart than you actually did. I think that secret wish was actually written all across my face. While you were waiting in line, and you kept turning around to "casually" glance at my son Evan throwing a fit of massive proportions on the floor, it wasn't making me feel very good. Especially when you were glancing from me, to Evan, and then over to my other son Jack. When I saw you waiting for me to gather my things, myself, and my children up off of the floor, I truly thought nothing good could come of this.
However, I do have to apologize to you. I'm sorry that when you asked me if these were my only children, I had a look of disgust on my face. When I told you that I had three more at home, instead of looking overwhelmed (like I felt) your face lit up like a pumpkin and told me how blessed I must be. When you asked me their ages, and I explained that I had another son the same age as the boys, as well as twin girls, and you were overwhelmed with my blessings, I felt myself warming up to you... But it wasn't until you told me that you had never seen a Mother so well equipped to handle children like mine before, that I wanted to hug you. That I never once acted like what Evan was doing was something that he could control or that he was doing to embarass me...
I spoke with this lady for a few more minutes and then left... My two very perfect children in tow. I loaded them into the car, and felt very happy with myself. No matter how overwhelmed I had felt in that situation with Evan, it didn't show. On the contrary, to that single person, I appeared to be the picture of patience... I really feel like I've come a long way since the boys were originally diagnosed. I used to be afraid to even go out in public with them... It dawned on me after I was back in the car, that not only did I take the boys in a store, but I did it by myself, and I took them both in there together BY MYSELF.
There are days that they boys absolutely amaze me, and then there are days when I amaze me... I think this is one of those days, but it took a total stranger, a total angel to point out just how amazing I can be.