I think most of us spend our time trying to be extraordinary, to be out of this world awesome, to do something so amazing that we get praised by society... or the people around us. But then I see that little things as feeding your children, holding your child, listening to a friend, petting an animal, helping a stranger, cooking a meal... things that require nothing more than basic skills but do require someone willing to do them, and that often go by unnoticed, are the things that change lives, sometimes little by little... sometimes all at once.
I remember some years ago my youngest sister was visiting us from Rome, and after getting her up to date with things around here, my life, the girls, Gabriel, my stepsons who at the time were living with us... she asked me how I was doing, and I said ¨well I have been telling you all afternoon that, I don´t understand the question... ¨ then she repeated... ¨Caro, I just want to know how YOU are doing...¨ and then, I burst into tears. I remember that she asked me then why was I crying... I just told her ¨just happy that you are asking... am fine, am actually doing great... is just that I think nobody really asks that sincerely anymore... and maybe I needed someone to care today¨ What I mean is that sometimes, we don´t stop to really ¨be¨ and care for someone. We just go by not noticing people in our thrive to live big.
I also remember last year in our summer vacation in Disney, it was the end of the day, we were all hot, but happy, Ari was not as happy as she was crying in her stroller as we were walking our way to another attraction. I wasn´t really having a bad moment, nor was Ari´s crying tormenting me... but maybe it didn´t look that way to people pasing by. Out of nowhere, this lady came up to me and put her arm around my shoulder and as she walked by me she said ¨mom, you are doing a good job¨ when she said that it kind of freaked me out since I didn´t know this lady or why she was being nice to me. So I said thank you and sped my pace, but she again said.. ¨really mom, you are doing a great job! you are beautiful , you have a beautiful family and you are doing an excellent job! keep it up and never forget that!¨ I then turned and thanked her, really thanked her. She smiled and walked away to be with her family. I will never forget her, don´t know her name, nor do I remember her face... but I will always remember how she made me feel.
What I am saying is that if you are lucky enough to feel abundance of love, to be aware of the goodness around you, if you are thankful for being alive, for family, love, for life... make something beautiful of it, use it and share it. I pray to God every single day that I am able to always be aware of the virtues that I have, of the love for my daughters and my family, for the vulnerability that I sometimes feel for a stranger´s suffering. The interest I have in other people´s stories.... Let me make something good out of it, let me give back to the world, let me share my life in a useful and meaningful way.
Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 13, then I have an 11 year old, and now I am starting again with our three year old happiest toddler ever. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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