Proud Mommy

Dear Dylan,

I want to write this down before I forget it.  If I don’t do it now, I may forget the exact words you said but i’ll never forget the feeling.

While I was making dinner tonight, you were playing in the living room with Daddy, Mia and your superheros.  You found a penny on the floor.  You came into the kitchen to show me and said, “You know what i’m going to do with this penny mommy? I’m going to buy food and toys for people who don’t have any.  If it’s not enough, i’m going to count all the money in my tzedakah box and get more for them.”

I told you how sweet and thoughtful that was.  You responded, “Not everyone has food and toys mommy.  If I don’t have enough money in my tzedakah box, i’ll save more to get stuff for everyone.”

You always amaze me.  We have been talking about how fortunate we are and thinking of ways we could show our appreciation of others.  We’ve brought the fireman doughnuts on Sunday, set out a basket of treats and waters for the delivery/mail workers, made cookies and delivered them to the neighbors, we’re making appreciation signs for the trash collector, etc.  But to hear you put it all together on your own at the sight of a penny on the floor – and beam at the idea no less – very proud mommy over here.

It’s amazing to me that 30 minutes earlier you were having a huge tantrum because you wanted to go get a toy after Grandma’s.  To then switch and be so profound and aware.  The mind and heart of a 4-year-old.  Fascinating and encouraging.

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