Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Every Kid Needs Smarties!

--by anwahs, posted Nov 20, 2008

Yesterday my son, daughter and I went to the grocery store.  Ahead of us in line was a little girl with her mother.  The little girl was asking her mother for a box of Smarties.  She was asking very politely and you could see it almost broke the mother's heart when she said, "I'm sorry, Honey, but we just can't afford it."

My son was watching that dialogue.  Incidentally, he had been raking leaves in our yard to raise himself some money to buy a treat.   As he watched the mother and daughter leave the store, he ran to the candy counter and grabbed a box of Smarties.   (It turns out that I had also grabbed one pack).  

My son proudly placed the Smarties on the conveyor belt, pulled out his money and bought the Smarties.  He turned to look at me and I just nodded.  Out he ran after the little girl and her mother, as he gave them the Smarties.  He came back and told me what he told them: "Every kid should have a pack of Smarties 'cause they make you smarter."

I still purchased the pack of Smarties that I had picked up for the young girl and instead gave it to my son.  I told him that I was so proud of him, and that for his act of generosity he deserved his own Smarties.  Promptly, he replied, "But you do nice stuff for people and you never get anything for it."  I explained that when you do something nice for someone it should not be because you expect anything in return, but when you do get something you should be very grateful. 

On our way home we passed the mother and her daughter walking home.  I stopped and offered them a ride.  I found out that along with many other families in our town, they had lost their income when the local mill shut down and now their employment insurance is done and there are no local jobs.  We struck up a fast friendship -- they are even coming over for dinner! -- and I have learned that I am raising my children to be thoughtful and caring individuals.

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Readers Comments

Happy7 wrote: You are obviously a great example to your son. That was so sweet of him to get the smarties for the girl. God bless both of you. Thanks for sharing.
grikdog wrote: Do not let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.
simply.J wrote: Awwee, dats such a sweet thing to do. Its people like you guys that make the world go around. & thanks for dat. =)
sheila51 wrote: Wow. God bless! What a thoughful child. Beautiful story.
Trudy wrote: Aww. That's beautiful. It made me cry! Thank you for brightening my day x
Nagesh wrote: It is a wonderful event and it inspires the other children. Thanks for put it in helpothers. Org

P . S . If you have any such incidents kindly mail back to me. We are running a school where we read such good things in the school assembly/. Thanks lot
Poorna wrote: We are bring out our annual school magazine. If you have any thing special which you feel very good for parents and our students
skunkgiant wrote: Your son is very kind
talkingheart wrote: Oh. This story is so beautiful! :) god bless you. I hope one day, i would be able to raise kids like your son too. :))
praveendm wrote: God bless

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