I ran forward, caught the door, and held it open for the mother and her daughter. My wife and son followed, with me bringing up the rear. After we were all outside, I said, “We remember those days of struggling with kids and doors.” The young mother grinned and said, “Thank you. Have a good evening.” “No problem. You too,” I replied.
Just then, the little girl turned, looked at me, and smiled. In her tiny voice, she said, “Thank you. Have-good-e’ning,” and “smh!” blew a kiss. My heart melted. I chuckled and leaned down toward her. I said in reply, “You’re very welcome,” and “smh!” blew a kiss back to her. Her mom laughed. “How sweet,” she said of her daughter’s kindness.
Walking away, I chuckled at the beauty of the moment. Such love and innocence from that little kid. She’s so young that she probably won’t remember those actions as a singular event from her childhood. But, it was such a heartwarming moment that it definitely made an impression on me.
Occasionally, I still have those conscious thoughts of love and innocence. Many times, though, I get so caught up in things going on that I forget to live life with a simple joy of the moment.
Walking away, I thought, “Why wouldn’t I smile and blow a kiss to people?”; “Of course I should often say ‘thank you’ to others.”; and “Who doesn’t like the to receive the warmth of a hug, handshake, or kind greeting?”
In her tiny pink coat and blonde ponytail, she throws kisses to the world. She’s an ambassador of goodwill and doesn’t even know it. Or, maybe she does.
Love on people. They will remember those moments for a long time.
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