For the first time in over a month we actually had temperatures above 90 degrees so my 10 year old and I headed to the market to get something cold to drink. Everyday at our local store there is someone at the door asking for donations for an outreach program for the homeless. When I have extra change my 10 year old will ask for it as we leave the store to give to the person collecting donations and today was no exception. As my son placed the money in the container, the older man collecting the money thanked him for being such a fine young man and waved to him as we drove off.
When I pulled in the driveway at home, my son commented on how hot it was. “Mama, can we please go back and give that man a bottle of water? It’s too hot to be sitting out there without water”, he asked. So, I started the car and back we went. We pulled up in front of the store and along side the man. My son rolled down the window and held out a big bottle of water.
“Sir, would you like a bottle of water?”, he asked. The older gentleman stood and walked over to my son and took the bottle from him. He was so touched by my son’s generosity. The grin on his face was so big that I had to grab my phone and take a picture. He introduced himself as William and shook my son’s hand.
“Son, most people don’t even acknowledge me sitting here all day. You have no idea how much I appreciate this water. It was very nice meeting you”, he said. “Thank you very much!”.
His appreciation was so sincere. The grin on my 10 year old’s face was priceless and also, according to my 10 year old, a really great day. I couldn’t agree more. Remember, be kind to someone today. You never know just how important it may be.