(Floral wreath from Angie Makes)
The Art of Homemaking: Do you need help?
“Do you need help?” we (my husband and I) called out the window one day after lunch last week.
We were coming back from a lunch date and found a young girl sitting on the curb and puzzling over a gas can.
“I can’t get the nozzle on this gas can and I’ve run out of gas.” She replied.
“Let me do it.” My husband replied. Man, do I feel lucky to have him.
Last Saturday a hang glider crashed (or badly landed) in our backyard. Well, not really our backyard….but the empty fields behind our house. (Sounds super fake but it is absolutely a true story.) I first noticed it while I was doing the dishes and sent all the kiddos to look out the upstairs windows to see if anyone was hurt. And so instead of running upstairs, the 4 year old runs out to the back deck, cups his hands around his mouth and starts yelling in his loudest voice, “ARE YOU OKAY? DO YOU NEED HELP?” The man waved back that he was fine and a few minutes later some most-likely friends came to help him pack up the hang glider and they were gone within thirty minutes.
But both those stories have stuck with me all weekend. I remember being so embarrassed every time my dad would pull off the side of the road to ask people if they needed help. And now as a grown up, it makes me proud that the four year old would run out to the deck to help.
It’s even found in one of my favorite Primary songs, “Help others on their way.” And I need to do more of it. I need to do more of sticking my head out the window, more yelling to a hang glider pilot, and more opening my eyes to find small ways to help all around me.
So, this week my goal for the art of homemaking is to “Help others on their way.” I’ve talked about it with the kids and next Sunday night during family night we are going to list all the ways we have helped others this week. I am hoping that it will be one of those learning moments for all of us. And although I think it’s more for me than them, I hope just a little bit sinks in for them too.