June 21, 2012

I was at the post office recently. I had two packages in one arm, and a toddler in my other hand. He was struggling to escape, but he was locked in. The people around me were nice and when I got to the counter the gentleman that helped me was polite. I wasn't even frustrated when he gently reminded me that my son couldn't sit on the counter. I had entered, put together one of the packages and addressed it, and left without a scream from the toddler. I considered it success.

On the other hand, the lady ahead of me had an open package and set it in front of her when she went up to the counter. She didn't say anything, so the postal employee picked up the package and asked her if she had tape. Her immediate loud and upset reaction startled us all: "No, I don't!" It wasn't just that she suddenly became loud, but that she was angry. Calmly the employee informed her that he didn't have tape to close the package, if she wanted to do that, she would have to buy tape. Escalating in anger she said something like "What? I don't need tape. I want a stamp." He calmly asked her how many stamps she needed. At that point she became infuriated: "I just want one stamp to put on the paper her in the package." She was practically yelling at him. He pulled out one stamp, peeled it off and went to stick it on the paper for her. "What are you doing?" She was livid at this point - ripped the package from his hands and said: "I don't want the stamp on there. Why did you take the backing off?" He became very quiet, put it back on the backing, rang the stamp through and handed it to her. She stormed off with the biggest harrumph I think I've ever heard.
After she left there was a collective gasp/sigh of relief from the people around me. We were all so startled by her insanity. She went outside, put the stamp on her package, closed it and mailed it herself. WHAT?!


I left the post office that day, thinking how different that moment could have been. Thankfully, my toddler had behaved. What if he hadn't? Would she have been enraged with me and my misbehaving child? I know many other mothers out there know exactly what I mean. Some people just can't tolerate active children.

What if she had not put the package down, or just not brought it in with her? The employee would not have picked it up and made the general assumption that any person in his situation would have made: that she wanted to mail it.

What if she had recognized his desire to be helpful and had kindly clarified the situation? Instead I am sure she saw it as he was an incapable employee and then complained to many people about what had happened.

What was her side of the story?

I am sure she was having a bad day already. I can' judge her too harshly. We've all been there. She misunderstood the situation and didn't communicate properly - but many of us do that don't we? Maybe not with a postal employee, but perhaps with our kids, our spouses, or other people we interact with. They don't know what we're thinking, planning, and hoping to accomplish. They don't know if we're in a hurry, if we're tired or grumpy. I'm certain that few people say anything with the purpose of offending me, yet occasionally it happens. Being there, watching this lady get so angry so quickly made me realize just how careful I need to be. In situations where I might feel offended I need to step back and look at the bigger picture!

June 11, 2012

Big Sister

Over two years ago now, I took baby photos for an adorable little girl. She melted my heart and still does. She  just welcomed a baby sister into her home. It was so fun to edit these photos and see how similar these two girls are. Even at only days old, you can tell they are sisters. These are just a few of my favorites.

Parents with Baby

Gift from God

Baby Yawning

Baby & Koala

Baby Sister

Baby Sister

Family with Baby

June 7, 2012

Did you check out the projects posted in last month's party? They were ALL inspirational. I want to try each and every one of them. The US Map shape is really cute in this travel album. I like how the states they've visited are in color and the other ones are white.


Silhouette Free Shape Link Party!

MAY'S SHAPES:

Silhouette's Free Shapes in May
Silhouette Shapes:
(Click on the shapes to link to them in the Silhouette Online Store.)


WHEN?

At 3pm on the first Thursday of every month I will put up a link party for projects made from Silhouette's Free Shapes of the previous month. The link party will be open for links for one week from the date it is posted. (Giving you an extra week to work on your projects!)

THE RULES:

1. You may link up ONLY one item per free shape from the previous month. (Meaning 4-5 different projects may be linked depending on the month).
2. The free shape must be incorporated in the project but does not have to be the main shape, or only shape in the project.
3.The project you enter must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by someone else's project, but must be your work!)
4. All Silhouette shapes used must be listed within your post or on the SAME page as the photo linked. (Sources for other shapes not from Silhouette would also be appreciated, that way we can all easily recreate your project.)
5. The party will be open for one week to link up. It will close the Thursday after it opens.
6. You must specifically link back to my site within your blog post or on the SAME page as the photo you link up. There are two button sizes and a banner with their links for you to choose from.
7. I will reserve the right to remove any links (be it inappropriate, marketing, or otherwise).
8. If you link up please check out the other projects linked up and comment on them.

When possible (remember, I am a MOM first and foremost) I will do reviews on my favorite projects. 

ADVERTISING:

If you are interested in promoting your business (Silhouette related) by sponsoring rewards for the SFS Link Party or by having your business highlighted in the link party post, please feel free to contact me.

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Start Linking up those projects. Of course, you have a week to get things done, so take some time this weekend and make something new!