I heard recently that attitude or personality is what you see when someone gets hit in the head. It’s what comes out of someone in an unfavorable situation. It took me back to Christmas 2007 I went home with Andrew to meet the family when we were just dating ( little did I know he would propose a little over 2 weeks later). He didn’t know he’d be proposing either, but that’s a whole other story!
Back to Christmas 07 we went out to eat at the restaurant Andrew worked at in high school/college and before we got our food Andrew received a big unpleasant surprise. The waitress set a tray of someone’s soup on the ledge behind Andrew and somehow managed to flip it over and splash it ALL OVER ANDREW. It was like a scene out of a movie where he had to wipe the soup out of his eyes. He was drenched in French onion soup of all things. The other patrons in the restaurant waited for his reaction, some people took pictures of the incident with their camera phones and the waitress stood by the table flipping out. Andrew didn’t give the restaurant the show some were probably looking for, rather he calmly asked for napkins and then excused himself to the bathroom to try and wash up as best he could.
That day I knew I could spend the rest of my life with him. He was calm, kind, and he reacted better than most people would in that situation. I was so proud that he was mine in that moment and I could assure the waitress that he wasn’t going to let it ruin his day so she shouldn’t let it ruin her’s either.
It’s this calmness that still makes me proud to be his to this day. We’ve had some less than pleasant days over the last month with fixing our house up, preparing for our little ladies arrival. It’s been very frustrating, but he has handled it with more grace than most. We’ve been installing light fixtures by flashlight at 9PM, he has been painting the outside of our house from the minute he walks in the door from work until the last ounce of light has slipped under the horizon, and he’s been painting coat after coat on the bathroom vanity because his pregnant wife is forbidden. Oh and did I mention this has all been in the midst of a crazy work travel schedule!?!
Calm, that’s what comes out when Andrew gets “hit in the head.” I’m getting there, but not there totally yet. What attitude pops out in you when you’re put in an unfavorable situation?