Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

On Thursday night my Hubby and I felt brave so we took the babies to Outback to eat dinner. I admit I was worried about taking them to eat at such a nice place but they did great(well right up until the end of the meal). As we were being taken to our table we did get a few looks of fear from fellow patrons scared that we would be seated next to them. After we were settled at our table the people sitting in our area started asking questions about the triplets.
When the babies were younger I could prevent most questioning from curious on lookers by avoiding eye contact and acting like I didn't hear them but now that the babies are older they tend to stare and wave at everyone they see, so it's making it a bit more difficult to curb the questions. Really I don't mind talking about the babies, it is my favorite subject, but at times I would like to run my errands with out getting the 5th degree.
Luckily that night I was in a talkative mood so I didn't mind the questioning:
Are they triplets?
Two boys and a girl?
Do they run in your family?
Did you use fertility drugs?
Are the identical or fraternal?
How do you do it?
Do you have a lot of help?
Are you done having babies?
Those are just some of my favorites.
There were two ladies sitting to the left of us that were very friendly and C was really flirting with them. After their meal was over one of the ladies leaned over grabbed my hand and put something in it. She said " I am so proud of you and your family, Merry Christmas". Then she walked away, I looked down into my hand and there was $40. WHAT she gave us $40. I couldn't believe it. I was dumbfounded. I didn't know what to do and I admit my face was really red. We have plenty of money but over the last month we have been really stressed with Christmas being next week and C's up coming Cochlear implant surgery. This wonderful lady helped to reopen my eyes, that God is everywhere and he worked through her to release some of our stress.

In other news we went back to the Audiologist to schedule for C's Cochlear implant surgery or that is what I thought but before we can schedule the surgery he has to have some more tests run. On Jan 7th he will be getting a CAT scan to make sure he has all the working parts of the ear. Once they prove he does then we can schedule the surgery. From what the Dr said it looks like he will be having the surgery towards the end of January. I am so ready to have him in the implant, have it working and C hearing but I know it won't be that easy. Once he has the surgery the Dr will let the implant heal for about 10 days then they turn it on. After that C will have to learn to hear through therapy. Before I had C I took my hearing for granted. I try to put myself in his shoes to feel what it must be like to not hear anything. Some days it still hits me that he can't hear and that I have a deaf child. Please pray that this process is as easy and painless as possible.

Much Love


Sarah said...

That was brave of you - I don't think I would take my trio to eat out. We've done breakfast and had other adults with us but not dinner and alone.

I will be thinking of Colton...

Jennifer said...

Oh, going out to dinner with triplets. Never had a problem with the kiddos but man, the people around you won't leave ya alone! I take them out to lunch sometimes by myself and we all sit in a restaurant. I will have my fingers crossed for Colton and will be waiting to hear his surgery date.

Nicole O'Dell said...

Wow! I love that story. How sweet and generous of her. :)

Kristi said...

That was so sweet of that lady. Like you said, it's so amazing how God is everywhere. Also, how brave of you for taking all 3 out to eat!

And I will definitely be thinking of and praying for Colton.

Melanie said...

What a wonderful story. I have twins (one of which has bilateral CI's) and I get the same questions over and over. :) Can't wait to hear more about you and your three.

Zack & Monica said...

That's a great story. You and Gary are pretty amaze me all the time.