1. Wastefulness. Got a huge packet of forms in the mail last week for my middle schoolers to fill out and bring to check-in. I tossed more than half of the papers from each packet because they weren't relevant to me. Each packet cost $1.73 to mail. Wonder how much money our funds-challenged district could have saved by making those same forms available online? Wonder why they had even MORE copies of those forms available at check-in. What a waste. Wow. Just wow.
2. TMI. Too much information. Sometimes I wish for the ability to censor people. Wow. Just wow.
3. Overt kindness. I've been on the receiving end of what seems to be a lot of that lately and it is a beautiful thing. Wow. Just wow.
4. Blatant rudeness. I've been on the receiving end of some of this lately as well and wow. Just wow. One thing I'm trying to force myself to do when I'm tempted to react is to cut the other person some slack. Maybe they're having a bad day. Maybe their dad is dying of cancer. Maybe their marriage is failing. Maybe they're stressed out about money. Maybe they're dealing with a troubled child. Maybe they don't know better. Maybe they didn't mean to be rude. Maybe they just need one person to repay their not-so-nice deed with a kind one.
5. Lightning and rainbows. We've had afternoon thunderstorms every afternoon for over a week. The other night we had an impressive lightning show. We also saw multiple rainbows following our weekend rainstorms. The beauty and strength of nature awes me and often leaves me saying wow. Just wow.
6. Tim Tebow's hair. Have you seen it? Wow. Just wow. I heard he finally got permission to completely shave his head. I bet that prayin' boy was offering up some prayers of thanksgiving because that Friar Tuck look really wasn't working for him.
7. Teen magazines. We went to the library yesterday and when we got home Abbey was reading a teen-ish magazine she checked out. I'm usually pretty careful about what they read but this one slipped by me. She showed me a picture of a tweeny couple and I sat down beside her and flipped through the rest of the magazine and was APALLED. It was way too much for an eight year old and way more than I want my twelve and thirteen year old taking in too. Lots (and lots and lots) of revealing necklines (more like breastlines) and bikini-clad teen celebrities and images that don't enforce positive body image. Lots of discussion about image and relationships and diet and "fashion"--all of which I'd rather them not learn from the pages of a teeny bopper magazine. It was a good heads-up lesson for this mama. Because wow. Just wow.
8. The amount of food my kids eat these days and my subsequent grocery bill. Wow. Just wow.
9. The amount of money it costs to send kids back to school. Big Wow. Just wow.
10. Grace. That slack that I've been trying to give others up there in #4? Yeah. God offers me a LOT of it. Leaves me saying wow. Just wow.
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