Monday, October 10, 2011
A Sunflower's Rays
We crossed the ever busy 5th Street, waving a quick thank you to the cars that saw the invisible 'Superhero Crossing' sign. The children showed no hesitation to give away this beautiful treasure they were holding. We walked from door to door, knocking, and I had to do all I could to keep all the children from happily giving their flower to the first couple of doors. Most people were not home, so we left the surprise on their outdoor chairs and mailbox's. But at our last stop, a gentleman slowly answered the door. He seemed very unsure of a bunch of children in capes knocking on his door midmorning. But as the last child smiled and handed him their flower, and said, "This is for you," the gentleman grew a huge grin, and started chatting the children up. Mission give flowers to bring smiles accomplished.
The next week we performed a similar mission, but this time we walked the couple of blocks to the Food Bank. We have been there before to donate and to sort food. But this time we were here to give smiles. This was a long walk for the children, the few blocks being the longest one we had made as a class this year. But it also was this group's first time of flying. Boy, do those children know how to fly!
As we were walking to the Food Bank, one of the children asked which flower was for them. I answered the child by telling her that these flowers are for giving away, but that when we returned we could cut another flower just for us to take home. Michael said, "Isn't that the essence of kindness? The kindness you put out there will ripple out but eventually makes its way back to you." That has made me smile ever since because yes, that is true. And have I ever been feeling the ripples continuing out and a few returning back to me.
Our wonderful friend, Sarah, enjoyed taking pictures of these adventures, so we have put them together for you to view. Enjoy!