Ariel: judging by your eye patch, you must be a pirate!
Boy (of 7): yeah.
Ariel: i might have to warn Prince Eric about you! are you a vicious pirate?
Boy: well, i dunno! it's only my first day!
i almost DIED. his parents didn't even hear...gosh, it was so funny. what a sweetie.
then later this grandma got asked to get in the picture with her family and she says, "alright but i get to sit next to Ariel" she then proceeds to toddle over and squish herself right next to Ariel-and instead of putting her hands in her lap, or on Ariel's back...she slides it all the way down to Ariel's fin bum, and lets it gently rest there. we take the picture-Ariel blushing the whole time-and as she leaves, she pats Ariel's little fin bum goodbye. haha! as odd as this was, i thought it was super sweet. you see, my Grandma Betty has the tendency to do this as well. it's as if her arm gets tired half way through your hug, and her hand slides down your back and finds a little resting place. as my grandma Betty is not able to visit me, although she desperately wants to, this experience was just a little bit of Betty in that Grotto. I miss her lots, and even got to facetime her the other week!
one of my favorite photos of all time. what an amazing woman she is.
so, although this job may not be as glamorous as you would think, the people can drive you nuts, and i am not as artistically fulfilled as i would like to be...etc, these moments are what's important. all i can do is pray to heavenly father to cross paths with these people during my shift, and hope that i can bring light to them too.
i loved having my family here last week, the only problem is it made me terribly homesick. i can honestly say, i haven't really been homesick while out here. but i guess the combination of family here, plus Addison on overnight rehearsals (aka i never get to see him) makes me lonely. but i think God knew this last night, as i went into cosmetology, and not one, but 2 of my sweet friends were in there getting ready for the same time schedule. we got ready together, had our breaks together, de-prepped and went to our cars together. this NEVER happens-and it made work so lovely. we talked about London, church, future plans, etc. i really love those girls. we also figured out a day to hang out each week that works for all of us. i'm so excited. Heavenly Father really looks out for us.