Last night I decided on a whim to take my kids out to dinner to a restaurant that gives out balloons to every kid when they enter the restaurant. My kids LoVe this and discuss what color balloon they are going to choose the entire car ride there. As parents it is not such a great perk because we spend most of our meal reminding the kids not to let the balloons touch the ceiling because they can pop, not to let the balloons get caught in the ceiling fans, begging the kids to let us tie the balloons to their chairs, and the list goes on and on and on! As many of you know my son Nicholas just loves to push the envelope every chance he gets and last night this little game of taunting Mommy with the green balloon was really pushing my last button. I always tell my kids that they only get ONE balloon at the restaurant whether they lose theirs or if they pop theirs…ONE and that’s it, the rest are for the other kids who come to eat with their families. When we walked outside to get into our car I decided that I wanted to take a picture of Nicholas and Abby with their balloons. The sun was in the perfect spot to cast a shadow of their little bodies holding their balloons and I wanted to save that moment.
Not two seconds after I snapped the picture…Nicholas let go of his balloon. He has never lost a balloon before, but knowing Nicholas I knew his reaction was not going to be good. He starting crying and begging for me to go inside the restaurant to get him a new one. I knew I could quickly stop the scene by running in and getting him a new balloon, but then I would be going back on my one balloon rule so that was out of the question. As my mind raced to somehow make this situation better out of nowhere appeared a little girl no older than 10 years old. She saw how upset Nicholas was as he was pointing and yelling at his green balloon in the sky and she handed him a blue balloon that she had received from the restaurant. As she walked away I stopped her and told her what a wonderful thing she had just done and how happy she had just made my son.
It is NeVeR too early to start teaching kids that kindness counts.
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)