So, as I was scrolling through facebook tonight, trying to pretend that scrolling down the never ending timeline of kermit the frog memes, political arguments and dirty laundry being aired was productive, I came across a video of a guy and his band on a street corner singing one of the all time greatest songs, performed by two different amazing artists: “I will always love you” (If you’re from the south, just fyi..Whitney Houston did a version of this song AFTER Dolly….if you’re from the north, just fyi…this was Dolly Parton’s song way before Whitney sang it). The singer had a great voice but that wasn’t what caught my eye, because, quite frankly, you can go to any small town carnival or festival and find probably 85 people with great voices. What caught my eye was the little red headed girl next to him and their interaction.
The girl had downs syndrome, and was just loving this song. But this really didn’t catch my attention either, because what little girl would not love that song? What really did it is the singer making her feel special, holding her hand and singing it to her the entire song, then telling the crowd to “give it up” for her and hugging her before sending her back to her family. And, even though normally I’m nothing but laughs and giggles and craziness, these videos always make me cry. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom, because Mini-Mess definitely screwed my emotions up permanently while she was setting up house in my womb.
Now this act of kindness he did probably didn’t change his day hardly at all, other than a few extra tips in his big orange bucket, but that little girl got to feel like a super star, and that feeling probably lasted a few days if not longer. It got me to thinking how important little random acts of kindness are. Things like buying a book for your child’s teacher can open up an entire new world for some kids. That $5 you spent on a book instead of a pumpkin spice latte might be the book that gets a child interested in reading, who will then decide he is interested in space and will start to read everything on space, who will then be the first man or woman to captain a spacecraft that really will “boldly go where no man has gone before”. That little girl that your daughter shows around the school on her first day might go from feeling all alone to feeling like she belongs and has friends and feeling safe and secure at her new school (just a shout out to mini-mess who actually did do this). Having a shoulder for a friend or acquaintance to cry on might even be the difference between life and death for that person.
You have no idea what that one little act that takes no time at all might change in the course of history. With so much hate and ugliness in the world, I think we as mothers, whether you’re a hot mess mom like me, or a spicy super organized controlling mom like the midget mob boss, or a crafty mom like Butt Dialer, need to be that light of kindness. Remember, we’re raising young women who will one day be mothers and wives, or young men who will one day be fathers and husbands. We need to do everything in our power to keep this world as kind as we can, even if it means skipping a pumpkin spice latte one day, or learning a song with all the counties of your friend’s state to make her feel good, or even holding a little girl’s hand and singing to her while she jams out in front of a crowd of people to make her feel special.
I know this wasn’t all that funny and it was super long but it really hit me how important this topic was. Even God mentions it; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.