14 December, 2010

A Valuable Lesson

A father was at the mall with his three young daughters, ages 4, 2, and 8 months. As they walked along the busy mall, the 4 year old picked up coins other shoppers dropped along the way. They walked past a collection stand for the US Coast Guard. The father decided to teach his daughters a valuable lesson and gave them each $1. He told them that mommy and daddy were very blessed to be able to buy the things that they need, but there are some people who might not receive Christmas gifts that year. He asked them to put the dollar in the collection pot. They did and began to walk away. His 4 year old stopped him, turned around, dug into her pocket, and dropped the precious 18 cents she had gathered into the collection pot. All the father could do was hug her and cry. He thought he was teaching a lesson, but his young daughter was far wiser than he imagined, and taught him a lesson instead.
During this Christmas season, are you giving 'til it hurts, or are you just giving because that's what's expected of you?


  1. Kids sometimes teach the adults.

  2. I really like this post. Kids do teach we adults lessons for sure. I think sometimes that we as adults tend to give what we want to get by and kids will give with all they have. No questions asked. Especially when it is for a good cause.


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