That was one situation that got me thinking about perspectives.
Here was another. As we were taking a ferry ride to an island near Galveston, a nice lady offered me some bread to feed the birds. I happily said, "Sure!" and started feeding those hungry gulls- until this man came and yelled at me. Apparently, even though LOTS of other people were feeding them, I was the easiest to yell at. We hadn't left the dock yet, so it wasn't ok to feed them. Oops. I was instantly back in elementary school feeling scolded and guilty. Jeff, apparently, was feeling like it was a perfect time to take a picture.
(I look happy- but it's my nervous face...The lady behind the man in orange was the culprit handing out bread. She is apologizing profusely. Oh my.)
I think sometimes those situations are good to help us remember how it feels to be "scolded" and how there are different ways to do it- kindly or totally exasperated.
This new year, I am going to keep perspective in mind. I never want to forget that there are different sides to every situation with children and adults. Everyone has outside issues that affect decisions and moods.
I want to be patient and loving- and remember that if an adult is grumpy or mean, it isn't about me, but about them. I want to remember that some of my little ones have lots on their minds.
But, knowing myself like I do (hating when anyone is mad at me or doesn't like me...) I am also going to realize that I'm going to do my best for people, and if that isn't enough, then so be it.