Me: "Here's your allowance." Hands 4 quarters to my three year old.
Bean: "Mommy, I want to give this quarter to the children in Haiti."
Me: "What, honey?"
Bean: "I want to give money to the children in Haiti who don't have mommies and daddies."
When she turned 3, Bean started attending Sunday school. At that time we started giving her an allowance. She has two banks on her dresser, one for spending and one for saving. Then she has an envelope in which to put her Sunday school offering. We told her that she needs to put one quarter in each bank: Saving, Spending and Giving. She can choose where she would like the 4th quarter to go. Usually she puts it in her Sunday school envelope.
This Sunday, she gave it to the Haitian children she's heard us talk about.
I am humbled by the awesome heart in my little girl. She hears the things we talk about and works out a way to help. The quarter may not make a dent in the need, but her giving spirit is inspiring. To be so open to help, and to give whatever she has to give, prompts me to find ways to give more. I'm touched by her actions and pray that she holds onto that loving nature as long as she can. I hope I can help her learn to protect it without stomping it out. I pray that I can be more open and giving of myself.
Many years from now I hope to have retained this memory. I hope to share it with her and let her know the effect she had on me. I hope to teach her that we effect the world around us in good and bad ways. If we work hard and are true to our hearts, the good ways will grow and multiply. The world will be a better place simply because we gave our best to make it better.