Something to think about. Who's that person for you? And have you taken the time to let them know what they did for you?
One of mine is a good friend who made a comment to me when our kids were very young. She said, "If you let them do it at home, they'll think they can do it in public." It was a defining moment in my parenting. She wasn't criticizing, she wasn't judging, she was simply commenting. I never forgot those words. Those words made me a better parent. I mean, within reason--I still sucked at it most of the time and made terrible decisions--but hey, we all are still alive and we know how to behave in public.
I haven't thanked her, yet.
Another of my lollipop moments came from a close friend of mine. She told me that she had never believed in herself until she taught with me. And I believed in her. I showed her how smart she was. I stood beside her and I believed in her. Seriously. All I did was show up every day and try not to cry because the kids we were teaching were so incredibly awesome--and poor--that sometimes it was too scary to think about sending them home.
Why is it my lollipop moment? Because her telling me that it was me that made a difference to her made me realize that things don't have to be 'special moments' to make a difference. Every moment can make a difference. We just never know when we are giving someone something that they take away and use for a lifetime.
Go make a difference. Just sayin'.