Sunday, April 30, 2017
A Different Kind of Adoption
As I became a mother by marriage, I tend to focus on different kinds of Moms. And how surprising it is when you keep your heart open to the people in your lives.
A few years ago, my husband and I noticed an older lady who always sat by herself at church. My husband, being much more outgoing than I am, decided we should sit with her. We introduced ourselves and she mumbled her name.
It was apparent that she was very shy, and probably preferred to be left alone. Yet week after week, we were drawn to her and continued to sit with her. Eventually, she began talking to us more and more. But it took lots of time, lots of patience, and my husband, with his whacky sense of humor, had her warming up to us.
It turned out that "Dee" was widowed, and lived alone, and sadly, was not in touch with her only child. She's a tiny woman, not even five-feet tall, but quick-witted, spry and a go-getter. She's very shy and introverted, but regular with her church-going. However, week after week, friendship began to blossom.
Fast forward as hubby and I have faced a serious health issue with my mother, and on the flipside, the birth of our first grandchild. Dee walked beside us through all of it. She's prayed and supported us, provided wisdom and sage advice.
So, what started out as us sitting next to a lonely widow, has turned out to her adopting us into her world. One time at church, when we were out of town, someone asked her where her son and daughter-in-law were. I think that tickled all of us as we didn't realize we presented a picture of family to those around us.
Now, every week, we show her updated pictures of our granddaughter, whom she has adopted as her great-granddaughter. She even shows off pictures to others at church!
We took a chance sitting next to her, when at the time, it was clear she was shy and probably preferred to sit alone. Yet we felt compelled to keep sitting with her.
And instead of us adopting her, she ended up adopting us. We have a new mom whom we love and laugh with, and now can't imagine her not being in our life.
Mothers come in different persons, if you open your heart.
What about you? Do you have another mother in your life?