Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Skorts not Shorts

Another earache and sinus infection? What? Not again? Medicines are working and I’m beginning to feel better. Today and every day, I’m thanking God for the healing He gives.

During the time of sickness, I was not able to go to the grocery store. Low energy level left me wanting to sleep more than usual.
That meant dear sweet husband Alan would take care of the grocery shopping and trip to the big box store. Two lists had been written on note paper. Alan added a few more items that I had forgotten. Things were going great.

Alan asked, “Hey, Mimi, would you like me to purchase another pair of those shorts you liked when we were at the store last week?”
“Yes, honey, that would be wonderful.”
The clothing item was actually called “skort”, but I had a feeling hubby would not recognize that name. So, I simply agreed with him and called them “shorts”.
After inquiring about the size needed to purchase, he gathered the list, his wallet, and cell phone. Leaving for the store with every confidence that all items would be bought. He even asked what color I would like best.

I rested while Alan was shopping. A few hours later, he returned with bags of groceries and items from the big box store. Tissues, laundry softener, ginger ale, milk, etc.
A burst of energy entered my body and I began putting groceries away as we emptied each bag. Knowing I would soon find the new skorts. Oh, the excitement!
The last bag was emptied and no clothing was found.

“Mimi, I checked and the store didn’t have any more shorts. They had something called “skorts” but I thought that was the wrong thing. I guess we waited too long to go back and get more.”
Laughing out loud, I explained the situation.
“Alan, skorts are what you were supposed to buy.”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I thought they were something else, not shorts.”

A few minutes later, the sound of Alan picking up his car keys from the counter caused me to question if he was going somewhere.
“Yes, I’m going back to get you two pairs of those things.”
“Really?” I asked. “You don’t have to do that.”
His reply was that he didn’t mind and he wanted me to be happy, especially when I was sick.

This act of kindness may seem like a simple thing. In our marriage of over 42 years, we have shown love to each other in big ways and small ways. I am thankful God blessed me with a loving husband, who doesn’t mind looking for ladies clothing. 🙂
Have you been the recipient of an act of kindness? Have you shown an act of kindness to others? Share in the comments. Spread the love of Christ every day.

Blessings and giggles,
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson

  • JD Wininger
    Posted at 11:59h, 28 March Reply

    That Mr. Alan never ceases to amaze me. Years ago, you couldn’t pay me to stand around the ladies department while Ms. Diane shopped for items; especially when she went for “slinkies”. Nowadays, I take pride in shopping for personal items, clothing, etc. It’s sort of like a badge of honor that says “I’ve graduated to a mature male” LOL Loved the post Ms. Mimi, and love that you too share a marriage where all those things (big and small) that we do for one another all adds up to love.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 12:06h, 28 March Reply

      J.D. you are so kind. Ms. Diane i blessed to have you. You two both show such wonderful love for God and each other. Funny thing is that Alan actually went back and bought me a third pair. I think I’m good to go for summer now. Hahaha! Have a blessed day dear friend. 🙂

  • Joanne Viola
    Posted at 12:17h, 28 March Reply

    Melissa, over the years I have been so prone to ear infection, sinus infection, and pneumonia combinations so I know how it can drag the body down. It is a blessing to have a husband who goes the extra mile as it truly lifts the body and the soul. I know as mine is the same way and we will soon be celebrating 43 years! Get well and enjoy those skorts! 🙂

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:38h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Joanne. Yes, I’m prone to those sicknesses, too. I’m thankful God gave me a wonderful husband who will help with anything. 🙂 Happy 43rd Anniversary soon! Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Nancy E. Head
    Posted at 12:33h, 28 March Reply

    Ear and sinus infections are a genetic disorder in our family. You’ve got quite the gem in Alan. Great post! God bless!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:40h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Nancy. So sorry your family deals with that stuff, too. I have a low immune system and I seem to pick up anything that floats in the air, even with all precautions. I’m thankful God gave me a husband that doesn’t mind helping with everything. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Kimberly Rose Johnson
    Posted at 13:47h, 28 March Reply

    Your husband is so sweet. I hope you are feeling better!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:51h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you. I am slowly feeling better. Still have earache and congestion. But, much better than last week. Yes, Alan is a sweetie. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 14:26h, 28 March Reply

    I’m happy Alan takes such good care of you, Melissa. You deserve it! I hope you’re feeling better.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 15:15h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Jill. Slowly starting to heal. This has been a bad experience. I’m happy to have a teeny bit of energy today. Alan continues to take great care of me. Have a blessed week! 🙂

  • readywriterbr
    Posted at 17:16h, 28 March Reply

    Love this reminder, Melissa. With all that’s going on with our family right now as we continue unpacking and setting up our new home, reading your post helped me be thankful for all thee little things my husband Mitch does for me. Hope you feel better soon! 🙏💐

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 21:27h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you. Yes, the little things are very important. What a blessing to take care of each other. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • June Foster
    Posted at 17:26h, 28 March Reply

    Sorry to hear you were ill. Prayers for a speedy healing. You are blessed with such a special, thoughtful husband.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 21:28h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you dear friend. Hopefully I will be completely well soon. Yes, I am blessed. Alan is wonderful. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • karenruhl
    Posted at 20:20h, 28 March Reply

    Melissa, you are so blessed and we love you two. I feel the same way about Craig. I hope you are feeling better and got your new skorts! Love, Karen

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 21:29h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Karen. Yes, Craig and Alan are the best. We are truly two blessed ladies. Have a blessed day! Hope to see you two soon. Love you! 🙂

  • Ava Pennington
    Posted at 21:15h, 28 March Reply

    Love how he shows his love for you in little and big ways!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 21:29h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Ava. I am thankful for the way Alan takes care of me. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Diana Derringer
    Posted at 00:06h, 29 March Reply

    What a special story. You have a keeper on your hands.

  • debwilson2
    Posted at 13:41h, 29 March Reply

    Melissa, what a sweet story. I have a thoughtful husband too. What a gift. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 14:19h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you Debbie. Still not feeling 100% but getting there. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Carol Souders
    Posted at 14:14h, 29 March Reply

    Such a sweet story and so Henderson. (haha) You keep us in stitches and we love it. Sure hope you start feeling better soon. You brighten our day.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 14:20h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you sweet Carol. This has been a rough sickness. Lots of stuff going around.Thank you for being such a wonderful encourager. 🙂 Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 14:48h, 29 March Reply

    Such a sweet gesture. He is indeed a great husband.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 15:59h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you. Yes, he is a great husband. Hope you are well. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Linda Samaritoni
    Posted at 20:37h, 29 March Reply

    A husband who goes out of his way to show love in the little things is a treasure! You’re blessed!

  • colarnold
    Posted at 01:05h, 30 March Reply

    I hope you are better- and stay that way!
    Back in the day, my husband was always willing to get tampons for me when the need unexpectedly arose. One day, one of his friends commented on it and said he would be too embarrassed to do it. My husband answered, “I don’t mind at all; everyone at the store knows they’re not for me!” Lol.

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 06:16h, 30 March Reply

    What a kind and thoughtful husband you have! I love when my husband does that sort of thing for me, and it’s clear you are so blessed with what your husband does to care for you when you’re sick. God bless him!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:07h, 30 March Reply

      Thank you Melinda. Yes, Alan is a sweetheart. He takes great care of me. Hooray for the sweet husbands! 🙂 Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 12:48h, 30 March Reply

    He is so sweet! I love how in marriage each partner tries to “one-up” the other like it’s a kindness competition. It’s contagious. 🙂

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:08h, 30 March Reply

      Showing love and kindness in marriage and in every relationship truly is showing God’s love. 🙂 Have a blessed day dear friend! 🙂

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 19:57h, 30 March Reply

    You are loved by a very special man, Melissa. That story brought tears to my eyes. My husband is forever loving me through serving and through kindness. I’ve found that Hubs and I have each learned how to love the other well…and most of the time we do it. 🙂 I would say my husband is better at it though. 😉

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 21:36h, 30 March Reply

      Thank you Jeanne. Alan is a very special man. God has blessed our marriage and our love for each other. I’m sure you feel the same way about your husband. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  • tlhpink
    Posted at 01:35h, 31 March Reply

    Great story. My husband has blessed me with many acts of kindness in our 35 year marriage.

  • SimplyCoffeeandJesus;ByPaula
    Posted at 03:36h, 31 March Reply

    Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard I cried. Oh what a dear husband you have. God bless you both.

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:07h, 05 April Reply

      Thank you so much. Glad to read you enjoyed the message. Laughter is a wonderful blessing. Have a blessed week! 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 04:54h, 31 March Reply

    You and Alan sound like a match made in heaven! I’m looking for his clone, lol. 🙂 Glad you’re feeling better, sweet Mimi. Praying for you to get back to perfect health. xoxo

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 12:50h, 31 March Reply

      Thank you dear friend. Alan is truly a blessing. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 13:15h, 05 April Reply

    How wonderful! My dad started shopping for my mom, or asking us kids to, when Parkinson’s caused her to no longer shop herself. I have wonderful guy in my life who loves to cook, changes the oil on my car, and helps make my garden grow! Having done all these things on my own for years, I am so appreciative!!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 13:02h, 08 April Reply

      Thank you Lynn. I am thankful to have a wonderful husband. He is helping me again today. 🙂 Have a blessed week! 🙂

  • Christy B
    Posted at 23:05h, 08 April Reply

    How sweet of Alan! Haha I think if I said “skort” to my hubby he would look at me like I’m crazy and not know what that is. I have learned he listens well though and will pay attention when I mention I like something. Sometimes he surprises me with comfy pants he got while at Costco now that he knows my size 🙂 It’s the little things!

    • Melissa G. Henderson
      Posted at 22:20h, 09 April Reply

      Yes, yes, the little things are so important. Sounds like your hubby is a good one, too. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • Barbara Harper
    Posted at 17:20h, 01 May Reply

    That is so sweet. To me it’s those everyday acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, someone going the extra mile when they don’t have to, that mean so much. Hope you feel better soon.

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