Thursday, December 10, 2009

A budding philanthropist

Hayden: Mummy, those kids are sad.

Me, looking up from my computer to see a World Vision commercial: Yes, they are buddy.

Hayden: Why are they so sad mummy?

Me, tentatively: They're hungry buddy. They don't have enough food so their tummies hurt.

Hayden, looking worried : They can have the rest of my chicken. And my cookie. Then they'll be happy.

And then I cried, wishing it was that easy to solve world hunger and touched to see Hayden's budding empathy.

I think in the new year we'll sponsor a child to help him see that we can make a difference, one child at a time.


Sarah said...

Too sweet! It is so nice to see young children have empathy. Nuture it so it doesn't go away!

Tracy said...

I enjoyed ur blog about ur son and his comments on the hungry. My daughter was about 4 and asked similiar questions, to my surprise she went to the kitchen grabbed a box and started packing our canned goods. The wholesomeness of a child can never b underestimated.

Becky said...

I've just stumbled across your blog and I saw this entry. As soon as I reached the part where your son wanted to give his chicken to the hungry children, tears just sprang to my eyes! I'm not normally much of a cryer but that was just so touching.

wordmama said...

Thanks all. It's such a proud moment when you realize your children are developing empathy and compassion for others. I see it also when Hayden plays soccer and helps the other players (his team and the opposing team) when they fall down!