Saturday, March 14, 2009

Facing My Fears!

After reading this post, you may label me as the Worst Mom of the Year!

Let's proceed....

I was supposed to be waiting out by the curb for Jae to get off the bus yesterday. It was very cold and rainy! The time for the bus to come came so quickly that I had actually forgotten about it. As soon as I realized that I had missed the bus by a couple of minutes, I go racing out the door barefoot, like an idiot. As my bare feet hit the wet, cold concrete, I wanted to run back in as fast as I had run out. The concrete was so cold that my feet began to cramp up.

So, I had just missed the bus. Fortunately, my neighbor was nice enough to walk Jae across just as I was getting out there. Okay, so there are kiddos everywhere, right? Well, the kiddos weren't the only ones out! Most of you who read my blog know that I recently overcame my fear of dogs, right? Welllllllllllllllll, God does have a very humorous side, ya know? Lo and behold....the test came on so fast!

As I was standing there thanking my neighbor for walking Jae over, all of sudden another neighbor a couple doors down from us started yelling at the top of her lungs, "Come back here! No! Come back!" You've probably guessed by now what was going on.

Here's comes this ferocious little Yorkie, yapping all the way, charging full speed towards us! Okay folks, the first reaction I had was to run like nobody's business like I have done in the past. I must say that, since this was happening so fast, I had completely forgotten about Jae. As I turned to run, it was like the Spirit instantly reminded me, "I have delivered you from this!" So, I turned again to face this ferocious little beast. As I turned around, I was also reminded that I was about to run off and leave my baby girl. Jae was just standing there looking at me. lol! Still with me? Anyhow, as I turned back around to face him and stood still, he immediately stopped running, but was still heading our way at a walk. We have large lots between us. So even though this was all happening so fast, it still took this little monster (oops! sorry!) some time to make it to us.

Anyhoo...when he finally reached us, I was totally okay and just stood there as he walked around us, sniffing the whole time. I calmly asked my neighbor to take him back to his owner.

Geez! With all the excitement, I had completely forgotten about me being barefoot!

As we turned to walk back into the house, Jae was laughing uncontrollably. She said, "Mom, I am proud of you. You didn't run away." lol! Pretty sad for my seven year old to use a parent's comforting words, huh?

The only thing missing from this post and to sum it all up is a video! LOL!

Yep, this laugh was on me....

I hope that you're enjoying your weekend so far!

35 comments:

Living on the Spit said...

Awwww, you poor thing! I have had many days like that...they do get better.

Way to go on over coming your fear. That was a great first test...now, had it been a pit or rot, I would have ran like the dickens.

Brandi said...

Daphine -
I am so proud of you! You REALLY have conquered your fear - and what a great lesson for you to learn right in front of your daughter - who has now learned her own lesson about overcoming fear!

Denise said...

Bless your dear heart, I am so proud of you my friend.

April said...

I can't help but chuckle (just a wee bit), Daphine, but I do understand where you're coming from! They always say it's best to stare down a dog, rather than run away because he will then know you are the dominant force. Much easier said than done! I am incredibly proud of you for standing your ground and letting that little terror know who was BOSS! God definitely had a hand in that, no doubt, whatsoever! As long as He's with us...what do we REALLY have to fear? I'm sure Jae was very proud of you, as well!

As for me...my hair is all frizzy and I'm freezing! :) We just returned from Brittany's track meet and it was so miserable...you have no idea! We have to go back in about 3 hours for her to run the 3200. I'll be so glad when it's over! I'm not much for cold weather, either! Have a great rest of the weekend! Love ya!

Laura said...

That is great! I am glad you have overcomed your fear.

Your daughter telling you that she's proud of you is too cute. =)

Carrie said...

Good going!

Amy said...

I'm proud of you too, mom!

He And Me + 3 said...

That is an awesome post. Great job standing your ground and not running away...even if you did have barefeet.

Michele said...

That's funny! Glad you listened to God's voice and didn't run away, although that may have been even funnier! Take care!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

I'm not fond of dogs either....any size!!

And oh, out of the mouth of babes, right?

~Beth

Heather said...

you are doing so great conquering this fear! in fact soon enough you won't even be able to call it a fear anymore!

Lorrie said...

Way to go Daphine! I would love to see a video of you running out to the bus stop in your bare feet!

Lee said...

You know, I get TERRIFIED of other people's dogs. So you aren't the only one!

Kristin said...

Yay Daphine!! I am SO proud of you too!!! I was laughing out loud at how you described him as a "ferocious little beast"! LOL!! Those who don't have fears may not understand what a huge deal this is, but I know how much it must mean to you to be able to do it! Thank you so much for your comment on my post the other day. It meant alot to me. You're a great friend Daphine! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Stacey said...

Way to go girl! It's hard for me to imagine being afraid of a Yorkie but we all have our thing that tests us.

Beth E. said...

Wow...good for you! I, too, am very proud of you. Now...if we can just get you to wear some shoes! LOL

We're having a very cold, wet weekend. I've been cooking all day, though, so I've been toasty warm! :o)

Our oldest son returns to college tomorrow after spending the week at home (Spring Break). I am really gonna miss him!

Blessings...

Divamom said...

I just came across your blog and I loved the dog story! Sounds like something I'd do! It was cold and rainy here too yesterday, and I jumped in the car and drove to the bus stop, only to find my neighbor from across the street already sitting in line waiting to get her grandson and my boys too! The day before, I went to pick up my 13 yr old and missed her because she got off at the first stop, instead of her normal one. She got home before I did!!! We're good moms for putting forth the effort! lol

Praise God for overcoming your fear! I, too, have come a long way when it comes to dogs. I still tense up, but I don't run off anymore!

Be Blessed!
~Chondra

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

That is too funny my friend! But I am very proud of you! I pray the next test is even easier...and maybe you can pass it with your shoes on!

Edie said...

LOL! Sorry I'm laughing. LOL!

Actually I'm very proud of you too. Not only are you cured, but you also heard the Holy Spirit through all that chaos! Yay!

So you do have frost bite now? Geez I've been freezing all week and my feet haven't seen daylight except in the shower.

I wouldn't "stare down a dog" as that can be like a challenge to them but I can tell you from experience that standing still is generally more effective than running.

Kitty Scraps said...

Wow you've come such a long way overcoming your fears! I'm so proud of you! It's been cold and rainy here, I can just imagine how cold your feet were outside barefooted *smiles*

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh Daphine!! For some reason I could totally picture that entire scenario!!! I think it's because something I totally would have done too!!!! Good for you for not leaving your daughter in the dust...lol!!
Oh..and my internet is still down. Thank God for my cell!! LOL

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Daphine
You did great. You are cured of your fear of dogs. Now do you think you could cure me of mine?
Thanks for sharing this story. You have come a long way in just a few months.
Best Wishes
Lindsay

michele said...

God is really helping you get past that fear!! What a great post!

Liz said...

Daphine,

I am picturing this and it's just too funny! I am so glad that you are overcoming your fears. I am sure that it's not been easy for you.

Toia said...

Oh, woo, woo, woo!! If it makes you feel any better, I don't think you are a bad parent. I know your little Jae will always remind of your near death experience! :)

Blessings to you, sweetie!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I wish I could have seen a video of that. It would have been hilarious! I can not believe how much you have improved with your fear. Amazing!

PS I will nominate you for Mother of the Year anyway : ).

Cortney said...

Haha! Good job!

Femin Susan said...

I'm proud of you too, mom!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so proud of you, Daphine! The Lord doesn't give us a spirit of fear but of a sound mine... and yours was sound when you listened to the Holy Spirit! You go, girl! Doing a happy dance right now. This is inspirational, Daphine.

Sending much love to you today...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Michelle said...

Oh Daphine, I laughed really hard at this post but I'm so glad you faced your fear. I laughed because you were about to take off without your daughter and she laughed at you yet was so proud of you. God works in funny ways. I'm glad you overcame your fear though! You should be so proud of yourself!

Jessica and Matt said...

Girl. I love it. I am SO FREAKING PROUD of you!! Seriously! And I love me some Jae.

Katie said...

I want the video. Your not worlds worst mom, we all have had these momments hence the the enormous big scary yorkie (:

Neabear said...

Good post! Congrats on facing your fears! Love the fact your daughter is proud of you too.

Nicolle said...

Good job! I have to admit though, I am afraid of dogs when they are not my own. I wish I did not feel that way. You did well though! Yes, it would have made a great video! :)

Christy said...

LOL!! I'm behind but thanks for the laugh! We all have those days girl!! Glad you've overcome your fear of dogs! My parents actually have a yappy little Yorkie. She's cute, but they treat that stupid dog like a person. LOL