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" A kind heart..."

 Thursday, October 27, 2011

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind... the second is to be kind... and the third is to be kind...”




Often times we try to teach our children about the less fortunate people in this world...about the children that do not have name brand clothes or shoes...about the girl and boy that sit alone in the lunchroom that doesnt have many friends because they may be considered "different"...There are very few things that I try to shelter Khristian from... because honestly...whether we want to admit it or not... its reality...I want him to be fully prepared when he is approached with certain situations in this crazy world and I want him to know how to handle them...

 From the time that Khristian was very small I have always tried to instill in him the importance of helping others in need...every Christmas we go to the dollar tree and get things together to make up several shoeboxes to send to children that are less fortunate that we are...I have made him go through his toys periodically so that we could donate them...he takes canned food to school food drives and so forth.. I try to teach him kindness...that one person is no better than another...and that having a kind heart, along with manners, hard work and giving your very best will get you along way in this world...


Sometimes, I don't really know if what I am teaching him is actually sinking in and making a difference or just going in one ear and right out the other...and then instances like yesterday happen..God sends us little signs to let us know we are right on target....and it just makes my heart smile...

I don't mind using Khristian's real name in my blog because he is my son but for the privacy of this little girl and her family I will keep her name private..we will call her "Jane"...

Earlier this week, I overheard a conversation going on between Khristian and Jane...Jane was telling Khristian how much she liked his Zigs tennis shoes...(now personally, I dont see what the big deal is about these Zigs but apparently they are the big thing among kids in school right now ) and Khristian reponded by saying "Yeah I like them to..my mom and dad bought them for me because I really wanted them..they are so cool! You should get a pair!"  Jane got a little sad in the face and told him that she asked her parents but they said no because they cost to much...a couple other things were said before I intervened and suggested another topic of conversation....Later that night, I explained to Khristian again that some childrens parents couldnt afford the nice things like what he has...and there is nothing wrong with that.. that the brand of clothing or shoes that we have on does not define who we are as a person....and we shouldnt brag about what we have because it makes the other person feel bad...He told me he wasnt meaning to brag..to which I told him that I knew he wasnt..but I just wanted to remind him so that he could keep that in the back of his mind if a similiar situation arose again...

We had told Khristian to have his Christmas list us before October 31 so that we could get his list to Santa early and beat the crowd...we told him it could be no longer than 25 things....so, a week ago he presented us with a list of 25 things that is now on the front of the refrigerator...It has everything that a typical 10 year old athletic boy would ask for on there...a X-box 360, some UnderArmour shirts and shorts, a new pair of sperry shoes, a couple of toys that he wants, and so forth.... Not exactly a cheap list but it is do-able....I woke up yesterday morning...came in the kitchen to fix my coffee and found Khristian standing on a stool doing something to the list...I asked him what he was doing...before he answered me he grabbed a pen and wrote something in place of what he had erased...he then turned around and said "Mom...I thought about it all night...I already have a pair of Zigs and a pair of Sperrys..I dont need a new pair so I erased that from my list and instead asked Santa to bring Jane a pair of pink Zigs for Christmas...I just know it will make her happy!" He had given up one of his things on the list and instead asked for something for Jane..All I could do was hug him...I bent down and kissed his forehead...and I told him that I was so very proud of him..that he has such a kind heart and to never lose that....It was one of the most unselfish things I have ever seen him do...He truly amazes me every day of my life..

Somehow...someway...there will be a pair of pink zigs up under my Christmas tree this year with a big bow that has Jane's name on top of them... =)

7 comments:

Jessie October 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

This post has brought tears to my eyes! What a great lesson you have given your son and clearly he is getting the message. I think this is not only a great reminder for kids but also adults- how many "things" can we buy for ourselves or each other before it becomes "stuff" and how those essentials that others don't have the means to get but we do. It makes you take a step back and think how can you as an adult even make a difference. Great Post!!

Laura@Catharsis October 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

What a beautiful post. I hope my sons exhibit the same kind heartedness as yours. I hope Jane appreciates your son's friendship. Such a beautiful thing, kindness.

Carla October 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

Jessica...
I enjoy your blog so much. I have given you a lovely blog award. Please pick it up at http://takingbackmylifemakingitmyown.blogspot.com/2011/10/day-145-spook-ta-boo-lar-day.html

Enjoy!!
Carla

Sara Louise November 2, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

Your little boy just made my morning :-)

Jessica November 3, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

Jessie - I couldn't agree with you more. His selfless act made me take a step back and think about what I could do for this situation and how much we as a society take for granted!

Laura@Catharsis - Thank you so much...I am sure your son will and already has a very sweet and kind heart. Yes - Kindness is a very beautiful thing. I wish more people in this world did more kind things.

Carla - Thank you so much!!! I have never recieved a award before! I am truly honored!

Sara Louise - I am so very happy that made your morning! He brightens up my morning everyday! =)

Master Blogger November 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

If all people were just kind then we can have a perfect world, very well said!

Zero Dramas

Sara November 9, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

Aw! You gave me goosebumps! That is so sweet. Kids really are the best example that people are inherently good. :)

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