A Family Tradition Lives On
--by brighteyes, posted Apr 19, 2009
Every morning my friend would stop on the way to work to grab a quick breakfast for herself and her son, before dropping him off at school. They tended to frequent the same eatery every morning grabbing an egg sandwich, juice, coffee for her, milk for him.
One day she ordered an additional breakfast. Once they had eaten and were headed out the door, she stopped, said good morning to a homeless man sitting outside of the restaurant and handed him the additional breakfast she had ordered. He thanked her profusely, grinning, telling her it was the first meal he had in a great many days. She couldn't help but feel good and was glad she finally took action.
She told her son that she had seen him every day that week outside the restaurant and that no one, herself included, had stopped to offer him support, food, drink, comfort, etc. She further explained that homelessness can happen to anyone and the importance of service to others and what random acts of kindness were.
And so began her Kindness Tradition...each day thereafter she and her son continued to buy and supply the homeless gentleman with breakfast. The practice was continued until they moved away several years later but the lesson was firmly implanted in her son by then.
She smiles as she tells me that this kindness legacy continues with her son, who remembered this childhood tradition and lesson. Now a college graduate and gainfully employed, her son stops every day at Starbucks for his morning cup of coffee and purchases a breakfast for a homeless person nearby before commuting to the office.
What a great family legacy that he can pass along to his children as well...
Nice act. Thats greatness.