As a single parent, it’s very easy to fall prey to thoughts of self-pity and hopelessness. “Poor me, I can’t go out with my friends because I can’t afford a sitter.” “Poor me, I have to work to pay the rent, so I can’t take off a few hours to help out in my kid’s classroom.” I try to keep myself from thinking these types of thoughts and remind myself of the blessings in my life.
One such blessing is our friend “Ronnie.” Ronnie, while a staff member of a different church, is very active in the lives of the kids and youth of our church. He is a great friend of the family and loved by all. Most loved, though, by “Em.” When Em and Ronnie are together, you’d think he was 6 years old, too. They get along great together and the three of us get together often for various activities. Sometimes it’s movies, sometimes it’s Disneyland, sometimes it’s driving around town looking at Christmas lights. And sometimes it’s not us; sometimes it’s them.
Like today. Today Ronnie and Em are at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Ronnie had the day off from work and knowing that I had to be at my office and my mom was busy preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Ronnie asked if he could take Em to the aquarium. Em loves animals, can hardly pry herself away from the touch tanks with the sharks and rays, and jumps at any chance she has to spend time with Ronnie.
So my blessing for today is Ronnie. God bless you.