A story so sweet I had to share…
This morning my husband was heading out to work, and put a bag of unwrapped presents (meant for a charity that serves underprivileged children) by the front door. Plumblossom, our always-curious almost-2-year-old, made a beeline for the bag.
“No,” my husband said. “Those gifts are for other kids—kids who don’t have any toys to play with.” I sensed he was bracing for a toddler-style protest.
Instead, Plumblossom took off for her room without a word. She returned a few minutes later, and dropped an armful of toys and an empty bag of seaweed salad at my husband’s feet. Puzzled, he asked her, “What’s this for?”
“Gift bag,” she said, pointing to the seaweed salad (that’s her favorite food, and she’d made off with the packaging the last time we had it—I guess it was the only “bag” she could find). She then pointed to her toys, and the bag at the door, and said, “Give gifts to other kids.”
(Proud mama that I am, I couldn’t help tearing up…)
If only we could all exhibit a child’s sense of generosity this holiday season! To spring into action the moment we hear of someone in need. To give freely of our resources, no matter how limited they may be. To give not because of guilt, or obligation, or tax breaks, but just because.
To know we have enough, and be willing to share that abundance–beautifully and spontaneously–with those who don’t.
Warm wishes to you and yours for a serene and joyful holiday, and I’ll see you (more often) next year!