“Can we go to the store and get Go-Go today, Mom?”
Every day for the past four months, Annie has asked this question about a dog toy that she wants. Usually multiple times a day. Always hopeful and with a persistence that makes you want to bang your head into the wall. Multiple times.
I won’t buy it for her. At least not right now, because I was trying to teach her patience and that we have to save and work for money we spend. I tell her every time that we don’t have the money yet.
Yesterday we had an egg hunt for the 5 little ones. Mass chaos and general cutthroat attitudes took place in the mad scramble to secure the most loot. The 4 year old boy was slower than the rest as he would take time to check inside the egg and then place it in his bag. Isabella is my child most likely to share, so I called her over and asked if she would give him a few of her eggs to be nice.
After the hunt was done, the husband and I were sitting on the porch swing and Isabella walked back up with her bag. She originally had over 20 eggs when I asked her to share. She reached in her bag and pulled out just three eggs.
As she placed them in my lap she explained that she had given away all her eggs but these three.
Some of the eggs contained small amounts of change since the Easter Bunny (ahem) didn’t measure the size of the candy to make sure it would fit inside the eggs.
As she showed me the three that she kept she said, “I kept these eggs because they had money. I want you to have them so you can buy Annie Go-Go now.”
Yes, I cried.
Not only had she shared all she had, but she had heard Annie’s plea and wanted to do all she could to help. She doesn’t understand exactly the amount it would take to buy the toy, but she gave all she had and expected nothing in return.
What an example for us on how to live our lives. To not just share and care about those around us, but to give all we have to those we love. To listen to what is important to them and to desire for them to have their dreams.
To not take account of what we can give, but to give everything in the belief that it is enough.