This month’s topic for Robert Hruzek’s writing challenge is What I Learned From the Generosity of Others. Robert wants us to write about “a time when something completely unlooked-for quite literally blessed your socks off.” I have to admit, my socks are easily blown off by friendliness. I’ve even been blown away by a stick of gum.
What happened was when my daughter was 4 years old she discovered the joys of chewing gum. We had been telling her gum was for older people, but when she was offered a piece on a play date and the other kids were all getting some, it was time for me to say yes. Ah, instant ecstasy. We never bought her any but said she could buy some with her weekly allowance…which was just large enough to buy a small package if she wanted. The fact that it didn’t come easily meant it made a great present from Santa Claus that winter. Sure enough, he gave her four packs in her Christmas stocking. She was so excited she could hardly open them. And the first thing she did was offer me a piece.
Talk about melting a mother’s heart…. I mentioned the incident to her last week, and she still remembers it. She said she had felt sorry for me because I didn’t get any.
What I Learned
What did I learn from the experience? My husband and I were being careful to make sure that she wasn’t spoiled, that she wouldn’t grow up to have a feeling of entitlement. We wanted her to have a spirit of cooperation, to be a contributing member of society. The moment she gave me the first piece of gum I realized we could lighten up… she would do just fine. It still warms my heart to think of it.
What About You?
Have you ever been blown away by a spontaneous gift from someone else?