Here's a story that played out at our house this weekend:
Last Friday evening there was a carnival of sorts at my son's junior high. He was particularly excited about the raffle, because a Lego set was one of the prizes. He took a couple dollars and got a few tickets. While there my son noticed that one of his friends had given all his tickets to his 5 year old brother who really had his hopes up to win the same Lego set.
Time for the drawing came and when neither of them won, my son noticed how disappointed the 5 year old was.
Later that evening my son proposed the idea of taking his money that he earned mowing the lawn and raking leaves to buy a Lego set for his friend's little brother.
The next morning we headed to the local Wal Mart, where my son located the exact same set that had been in the raffle, we couldn't see the price, but I warned him that it might take his whole $50 to get it. He was good with it, so off we went to the register, where we discovered that it was on some super "week before the week before black Friday pricing": $20 + tax. Out the door we went, and my son began planning how he would give the 5 year old boy his first Lego set.
We weren't able to make a connection on Saturday, so the whole day there was a Christmas Eve type anticipation in the house. On Sunday afternoon when he made the delivery, he came back to the car beaming. He excitedly told me that the little boy told him "I've been wanting my own Lego set for hundreds of years!"
Yesterday he came home from school thrilled to report on how much fun his friend had helping his little brother put them together.
It's great to see a kid discover the joy of making some on else's day. All his own idea.
Who's got any other positive stories to share?
Thanks for sharing the story. Your son is clearly a very special person but he didn't get that way on his own. You and his Mom have my admiration and respect. The world needs more parents like you.