Have the actions of one of your children ever put you to shame?
One day last week we were leaving the house to take a meal to a friend who’d recently had surgery. We were planning to stop at the grocery store on the way, and my eight-year-old asked if she could bring some money with her. Wondering what candy or other treat she was planning on purchasing, I asked why. Her response? She wanted to buy flowers for the lady.
I must admit that the first words that came to mind were, “Is that really how you want to spend your money?” Thankfully, I paused long enough to instead ask calmly, “Are you sure that’s what you want to do?”
When she responded positively, I told her to bring her money along.
She chose a bouquet of red roses (making good use of her money by choosing ones that were were on sale) and delivered them herself along with a handmade card.
I hope that her thoughtful and generous nature reminds me to think less of myself and more of others. While meeting a person’s needs by supplying necessities, may I also take the time to think of the little “extras” that might brighten some one’s day.
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