How a Trip to the Playground Turned Into a Lesson on Empathy, Kindness, and Gratitude
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Then I asked my child what did being kind meant? He responded, “Being good to someone.” My heart swelled up with joy! At that very moment, I realized that everything we’ve been vehemently teaching him on doing good to others came down to this simple act of kindness to a homeless person.
I suggested we buy them something to eat. Since it was so cold I figured a hot and tasty chili will warm them up. So we went through Wendy’s drive-thru and bought 2 large chillies, 2 baked potatoes, and 2 cheeseburgers. Since I had bottles of water in the car, I didn’t buy anything to drink.
I was worried they may have left while we went to get the food. However, on our return, my baby says, “Mami, they are still there!” He held the two bottles of water, and I carried the food. As I got out of the car, I prayed to God that he cover us with his Grace; and that we be used as instruments to bring some comfort to these two people.
Once there, and with my son by my side I said, “Excuse me, I was wondering if you’d like something to eat?”, and showed them the bag. When they sat up, their faces lit up! I saw how young they were maybe mid-twenties; and they said, “Yes, thank you, thank you! God bless you ma’am God bless you both!” The young man stretched out his hand to me to give me hand-shake, and he did the same to my son who also stretched out his little hand to shake his. I responded with a “You’re welcome, and we hope you enjoy it!”
We turned around, and walked away. I looked down at my son, and I as hugged him I said “Thank you, for doing this with me! We are truly blessed!” I asked him how did he feel, and he tells me, “Mami, I feel good!” In the car, I just started sobbing. Crying tears of gratitude, and feeling that God had indeed used my child and I as instruments to serve the less fortunate; and that my child learned a valuable lesson on empathy, kindness, and gratitude to mankind.