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Beauty in the Unexpected

Beauty in the Unexpected

Kids. They will make you proud, and they will embarrass you. They will make you laugh until you cry, and they will flat out make you cry. My favorite for sure is when they make me laugh. And no one does that better than my Grace.

She was four and needed to use the potty. (That’s mama-talk for the restroom.) It never fails the kids always need to go to the restroom as soon as food is delivered to the table when we are at a restaurant. Or they have a restroom emergency when my grocery cart is full to the top and we are on the opposite side of the store. Or, my favorite, they need to go when there is no clean bathroom to use.

Needless to say, when the kids were little and announced they need to “go,” I wasn’t always a happy camper. While I should have been full of praise because they let me know, let’s be honest, I wasn’t. I always took them, but sometimes I – wait for it – huffed.

But that didn’t bother my happy-go-lucky youngest child. Grace finds the good in everything. So while Grace sat swinging her legs on the potty in the back of the local drug store, I stood waiting because little people can’t be rushed. And when, finally, my little girl did what she came to do, the sound of it stood out in the quiet room, and she gasped.

“Mama! Sometimes pee-pee makes beautiful music!” Grace exclaimed.

I looked at her big smile and couldn’t contain the laughter.

“Yes. It does Grace. Yes, it does.”

You see, you are either a person who is frustrated with your situation, like I was as I waited on my daughter, or you are a person who looks for the beauty in everything, like Grace – even in tinkling music. Which one are you?

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy, southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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