Today’s Assignment: Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell a story about something interesting you find in a pile.
“Excuse me, Miss. May I help you with something?” I ask the young Mother of two. Watching as she simultaneously pushes her stroller up and down the aisles of my small storefront while clutching the hand of an irate toddler.
“Yes, Please God!” She exclaims on the verge of anxious tears. “I have a newborn with colic, a teething toddler, I have a list of things to do as long as my arm, but I am too exhausted and out of sorts to do them, and I have lost all patience with my babies, and think I am about to lose my mind! My Grandmother told me to come here for a cookbook that I need to get as I am a terrible cook and know next to nothing about nutrition.” She ended in a near wail.
“Oh, yes. I know exactly what you need, Miss. Please follow me.” I say, looking into her bewildered and damp eyes. In reply to her confused and somewhat belligerent stance, I reiterate “Please follow me, Miss. Just to the middle of the store, I promise this will help your plight”. With an exhausted sigh, she again gathers up her now screeching toddler while the baby in the stroller has also awoken and is beginning the grunting sounds of filling up a diaper.
As we round the corner, she is able to see the sitting area where other Mother’s have gathered to drink tea, coffee, wine or soda while reading books or magazines. Gathered in groups on sumptuous couches, or alone on semi- darkened divans taking much needed naps. Some are even giving each other a much needed mani-pedis! Another section had women of all sizes in work out clothes lifting weights, running on treadmills, doing calisthenics.
Just outside of the work out area, not too far off is a separate room with a long window where children in various ages play on the small playground, are being rocked in rocking chairs, or are napping on little nap blankets while their Mother’s take a few precious moments for themselves and re-charge their own batteries in order to better care for their offspring.
“What is this place?” She asks bewilderingly.
“This is the place that I dreamed of when I was a young Mother with no time for rest, and no money to spare so no one to ask for help. I lost my patience (and my mind) with my babies more often than I would like to admit. I know if there had been an option like this for me, I would have been a much better Mom. Far too many of us never realize just how important it is to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others. So this is my Lost & Found -Patients for Patience. If you are losing patience, come find some time here. Rest, relax, read or workout. We are all here to take care of each other. In exchange for some volunteer time we offer all of the amenities you see here, and if you are in need of cooking, nutrition or physical education we offer those classes as well at a discounted rate for our volunteers.”