Saturday, October 15, 2016

Being the Good

Liam learned a wonderful lesson today. There was even more to our story though that he had no idea of.  

Today he and I went grocery shopping while the rest stayed home.  We went to our local aldi*s because money is tight and my budget stretches far there.  As we were checking out, I noticed a gentleman shopping in his electric wheelchair.  He had a worn plastic bag on one arm of the chair and a well used backpack between his feet. He was utilizing his right arm to reach the needed groceries, maneuver his chair, and precariously balance his items in his lap, while his left arm stayed by his side unable to be used.  Many shopped around him, either oblivious to or unwilling to acknowledge his need.

As we finished checking out, I asked Liam (already knowing his answer) if he'd like to go help the gentleman while I finished checking out and bagging our items. He was shy but happy to help. He asked and the man was glad for the assistance. Liam took one of our quarters to get a cart and unload the items from the man's lap into the cart. He then aided him in finding his last few things. After checking out we both helped him load up. I knew there was no car in the lot for him. He would be driving his chair back home, and there are no close residences to the store. I could only imagine how long it would take. In the spitting rain developing outside.

His items were not going to fit. In my cart we had one reusable bag left that we hadn't needed to use. Our largest one, Mickey front and center, which usually gets filled first and today just hadn't even been used. Only God.

We filled his plastic bag and our reusable bag. The gentleman protested saying the bag was ours but Liam spoke up and assured him we had plenty. I love that he'll be able to use it more than just today.  I love that Liam had such a great experience helping others.  

We need more good in the world. 
We need to start truly 'seeing' one another.
It starts with us. One person at a time.


ddbush said...

That'll stay with him forever. You can't teach it, but it's invaluable. Way to go, Liam!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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