There is one birthday gift that I received this year that I will cherish forever. It’s a pretty special gift given to me by some very special people. In order to explain what this gift is, I need to share a story…
A few days ago, a dad took his two young boys to a bookstore to play and shop in the children’s section while their mom was at an appointment at the hospital. He had been working long hours recently and hadn’t been able to spend much time with his boys for a while. While they were enjoying their time together, the four-year-old little boy pointed to a paint book and said to his dad “I want to get this for a kid in the hospital.” The little boy then picked up two books – one for a girl and one for a boy. He was insistent that they buy them. The dad was so moved by his little boy’s request that he took him to a nearby store where they shopped for toys. They put the toys they bought into two gift bags – one for a girl and one for a boy. They then drove to the hospital to meet up with their mom and surprise her with their good deed. She was overwhelmed with joy and pride as she saw her two little boys and her husband walking toward her with their packages. She knew the gifts weren’t for her; she suspected they were something far more special. Tears ran down her cheek as they explained that the gifts were for children at the hospital. And she was especially touched to learn that it was her four-year-old’s idea. How does a four-year-old come up with such a wonderful idea? The teary-eyed mom was amazed as she walked into the hospital with her boys and accompanied them to the Pediatric Unit to deliver their Random Act of Kindness.
My eyes tear up and my smile gets bigger very time I read that story. Perhaps it is because that four-year-old little boy is my four-year-old little boy. My sweet little Noah came up with a Random Act of Kindness on his own. He finally had an hour with his dad and he wanted to spend it doing something nice for someone else.
So my most precious birthday gift came almost a week after my birthday. It was that my Random Acts of Kindness had such an impact on my child that he was inspired to do a Random Act of Kindness of his own. He chose to do something to brighten up someone’s day and in doing so he melted my heart forever.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop