Aug 17

Pay Attention!

Dishwasher DisasterAs a mom, one of the (many) life lessons that I think is important to teach our girls is to pay attention to what’s going on around them. Especially these days, it has been reported that some people have been walking around staring at their mobile phone and fallen into a fountain. Or off the curb into the path of an oncoming car. I’ve even read about someone who fell off the edge of a cliff while texting.

While driving through the school parking lot the other day, a couple of students were talking and laughing and not paying attention to the other people and cars all around them, and they walked right out in front of me. It’s a good thing I wasn’t going very fast, and having been in that situation before, I am VERY careful every time I drive through that parking lot.

And then there was the morning that a couple of teen drivers decided they wanted to move to a different parking spot (for some unknown reason), so they just put the car in reverse and revved up the engine and shot out right in front of me. Well, it actually ended up being in front of me instead of smashing into the side of my car because I was quick on the brakes. They just looked at me like I had caused the problem, kept on laughing and went on their merry way.

A few weeks ago I was driving home from a day trip to Michigan, about 9:00 p.m. so it was dark, and we had just passed through one of the small rural villages here in northern Indiana. The girls were both asleep, one in the front seat and one in the back, so it was quiet and peaceful. It’s a good thing I was paying attention that night, too, because just as I crossed over the railroad tracks there was a semi truck pulling up to the stop sign from the road on my left.

Of course I thought he was going to stop. There was a stop sign there after all, and I was on the main road. He must not have seen that stop sign because he pulled out right in front of me. Fortunately I was only going about 25 miles an hour, so when I slammed on the brakes our car slid sideways, up onto the sidewalk on the right, and we narrowly missed running head long into the trucks right front side.

Apparently he never saw us up there on the sidewalk, because he never slowed down. He just kept on going down that dark road, and we managed to drive back off of the sidewalk and eventually made it home all in one piece. I know we can’t avoid all disasters in life, but it seems like a wise decision to do my best to pay attention and minimize the possibility of chaos in our lives.

So the other night as we were loading the dishwasher so that we would have clean dishes the next morning for breakfast, Little Chick pulled out the HUGE bottle of Dawn dish soap (thanks to our special friends Roland and Beth Brubaker for bringing that home from Sam’s Club a few weeks ago!), and since it was exactly the same color as the Cascade dishwasher liquid that we always use, she filled up those little cups in the dishwasher with it.

Looked the same to me as I was walking by on my way to one or a hundred other tasks that needed my attention before bedtime. She closed the door and pushed all the buttons and started the dishwasher. It didn’t take long before we realized that something wasn’t quite right with the dishwasher .  . . . as water and bubbles began oozing out the bottom of the door on the dishwasher and crawling across the kitchen floor, it became obvious that I had to do something FAST!

Fortunately a few towels soaked up the excess water so we didn’t ruin the floor, and eventually the bubbles subsided, too. Live and learn – pay attention next time and use the right soap. Not all situations are that easily resolved, with just wiping up excess water and bubbles. It’s a good thing I was paying attention when that semi pulled out in front of us. I guess we should all pay attention to what’s going on around us, because God just might be calling us to get busy, or be careful, or turn left at the next stop sign, or slow down and take time to pray. Pay attention, you never know what is just around the corner!


It’s time again for Thursday Favorite Things! I hope you can join us because it is LOTS of fun!

 Join us every week as we party and share at the best link party in blog land!

Katherine CollageKatherine – Katherine’s Corner

Nina CollageNina –Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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Shellie CollageShellie – The Fabulous Journey

Marilyn CollageMarilyn – Marilyn’s Treats

Angelina CollageAngelina –Peonies and Orange Blossoms


Here are a few of my favorites from last week’s Favorite Things Linky Party:

Gingham Baby QuiltGingham Baby Quilt from Glue Sticks Blog

When Mice Make Way for the Lion's RoafWhen Mice Make Way for the Lion’s Roar from the Writer’s Reverie


MakethetimetoliveyourlifeMake Time to Live Your Life by Kindly Unspoken


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  1. cara

    Aw, thank you so much for featuring my post! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. Kathryn Ross

    AH!!!! The story about the semi is scary! Praise God He has His angels watching over you! My daughter and her husband were in TWO accidents trying to return from a family reunion in New England last weekend. Both times they were rammed from behind–not their faults. Their car was totaled in the first accident and the rental for the remainder of the trip they got the next day was damaged. Both times they were shook but not hurt in any way. God there in the midst! It’s a simple 6 hour drive normally that ended up taking them the better part of 48 hours.

    Glad you followed up with the funny dishwasher story. Gotta laugh at these things sometimes.


  3. SallyAnn

    Hi Nina,

    I know what you mean by people not paying attention. I have had quite a number of incidents just like you describe in the car. It is very sad and scary to see people not paying attention both in the vehicle and just walking around with their eyes glued to that stupid cell phone.

    And I loved the picture of your daughters in front of the soapy dishwasher. It reminded me of when my oldest was a toddler and we had our paper towels on a roller on the inside of a bottom cupboard door. I must have had that mother’s sense that he was being too quiet and when I went to see what he was up too I found he had unrolled the entire length of the roll onto the floor. LOL
    He sat there with the biggest smile on his face and I snapped a photo of him.

    Thanks for sharing and caring. Have a blessed day!


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