Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Do I Have Enough?

--by Sharon Palmer, posted Aug 10, 2006
I was doing some last-minute shopping in a toy store and decided to look at Barbie dolls for my nieces.

A nicely dressed little girl was excitedly looking through the Barbie dolls as well, with a roll of money clamped tightly in her little hand. When she came upon a Barbie she liked, she would turn and ask her father if she had enough money to buy it. He usually said "yes," but she would keep looking and keep going through their ritual of "do I have enough?"

As she was looking, a little boy wandered in across the aisle and started sorting through the Pokemon toys.

He was dressed neatly, but in clothes that were obviously rather worn, and wearing a jacket that was probably a couple of sizes too small. He too had money in his hand, but it looked to be no more than five dollars or so at the most.

He was with his father as well, and kept picking up the Pokemon video toys. Each time he picked one up and looked at his father, his father shook his head, "No."

The little girl had apparently chosen her Barbie, a beautifully dressed, glamorous doll that would have been the envy of every little girl on the block.

However, she had stopped and was watching the interchange between the little boy and his father. Rather dejectedly, the boy had given up on the video games and had chosen what looked like a book of stickers instead. He and his father then started walking through another aisle of the store.

The little girl put her Barbie back on the shelf, and ran over to the Pokemon games. She excitedly picked up one that was lying on top of the other toys, and raced toward the check-out, after speaking with her father. I picked up my purchases and got in line behind them. Then, much to the little girl's obvious delight, the little boy and his father got in line behind me.

After the toy was paid for and bagged, the little girl handed it back to the cashier and whispered something in her ear. The cashier smiled and put the package under the counter.

I paid for my purchases and was rearranging things in my purse when the little boy came up to the cashier. The cashier rang up his purchases and then said, "Congratulations, you are my hundredth customer today, and you win a prize!"

With that, she handed the little boy the Pokemon game, and he could only stare in disbelief.

It was, he said, exactly what he had wanted!

The little girl and her father had been standing at the doorway during all of this, and I saw the biggest, prettiest, toothless grin on that little girl that I have ever seen in my life. Then they walked out the door, and I followed close behind them.

As I walked back to my car in amazement over what I had just witnessed, I heard the father ask his daughter why she had done that. I'll never forget what she said to him.

"Daddy, didn't Nana and PawPaw want me to buy something that would make me happy?"

He said, "Of course they did, honey."

To which the little girl replied, "Well, I just did!"

With that, she giggled and started skipping toward their car.

Apparently, she had decided on the answer to her own question of, "do I have enough?"
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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: Little girl's compassionate and considerate soul did a wonderful job with the best lesson we all can learn, giving others makes us happy. When it is buying for others in place of ourselves; make us happiest. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.
Jonah wrote: Wow. What a nice act of kindess
susie wrote: One day when she least expect it, the deed will be returned. The old saying goes "what goes around comes around". She is a blessing and an inspiration to all of us, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Cristy wrote: In the end, only kindness matters.
Joyce wrote: A beautiful story, thanks for sharing, it's something we can all learn from.
Ben wrote: Thank you so much for posting this wonderful story. I feel better about the future after reading it.
Yaka Kambi wrote: Someone is happy when he/she gives something to somene
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: A very wise little girl. This story brought tears to my eyes & gave me goosebumps. Thank you so much for sharing it again! <3 and hugs from my heart to yours!
Revathi wrote: Such a lovely story and the child has such a pure mind and heart. She did this all on her own without being told ,and has made her parents proud with her nobility. I would love to see more people like her in our society who will also reach out with love and affection to my daughter(special child)and others like her so that they also feel that there is a loving society willing to accept and help them. It also makes life easier for the parents of such children.
ellen wrote: An amazing and generous little girl with an enormously generous heart. She obviously learned something from this act of kindness and passed it on to others. We can learn from children like her.
I thank the story writer as well for passing on this beautiful example of. "do i have enough? "

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