A child shall show the way…


I found this in my mailbox today.

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good. God is great. Thank You for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all. Amen!”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, “That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream. Why, I never!”

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”

“Really?” my son asked.

“Cross my heart.” Then in a theatrical whisper he added, indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing, “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her,

“Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already.”

It also reminded me of a certain generous little 9-year-old I know. We had a bar of chocolate to split between the two of us for a snack. While I devoured mine in 2 minutes flat, she broke off cube after tiny cube and decided to save half of it for later. As we chomped our way to cocoa bliss, she suddenly stared at me, then wordlessly walked to the refrigerator and took out her saved-up chocolate. Putting it into my hands, she said “Akka, you eat it. You are thinner than me and you work so hard, you need it more than I do.” It made me want to cry…I swear it did.

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16 thoughts on “A child shall show the way…

  1. sunshine April 19, 2006 at 20:10 Reply

    Sometimes, children touch your soul in a way nobody else can. A far cry for the gluttony kid I used to be.

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  2. Menagerie April 19, 2006 at 22:32 Reply

    That’s a sweet post. Kids know and feel so much more than we give them credit for. Miss my nephews so much 🙂

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  3. iyer education April 20, 2006 at 10:15 Reply

    its got something to with pure and unadulterated thoughts i say!!! i wish some of my mean nephews could read this and offer me something 😉

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  4. Arjun April 20, 2006 at 10:26 Reply

    Scheming little devils! Eliciting sympathy and tlc.
    The devil in the first story was just plain condescending!
    The next one is blatantly name-calling.
    Needs to be taught a lesson. lil brats! Bah!

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  5. shub April 20, 2006 at 16:11 Reply

    so so so so so so cute! 😀
    and i loved the story! i’d love to know where u got it from?!
    i’m fwding this to people I know!
    thanks smithy for making my day brighter! 🙂

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  6. Frigid Midget April 20, 2006 at 18:00 Reply

    *Sniff*

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  7. Valhalla April 21, 2006 at 06:30 Reply

    A LOT more of that is needed in today’s world. It would help a lot with the epidemic of adolescent obesity going around! 🙂

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  8. IdeaSmith April 21, 2006 at 11:36 Reply

    arjun: Ur turning into the kind of cranky old man kids giggle about!

    Shub: A friend of mine sends around a daily thought of the day + joke + fact of the day. Like to get onto that mailing list? I’ll need to ask him.

    Midget: Lady, when are you coming back??????????? We’ll see about the ‘sniffs’ then!

    Valhalla: These were iddy-biddy kiddies, not pimply teenagers with raging hormones!

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  9. valhalla April 22, 2006 at 04:27 Reply

    The gluttony starts early these days.. just like my cynicism did. 🙂

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  10. APOO April 22, 2006 at 04:40 Reply

    Made me smile….

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  11. fullmoononearth April 22, 2006 at 17:15 Reply

    That was so sweet. Kids these days are quite different from my childhood days and a lot smarter too, as I have observed.

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  12. coolcat April 22, 2006 at 22:02 Reply

    Really really nice 🙂

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  13. AJ April 23, 2006 at 18:46 Reply

    🙂 I’ve met those old ladies, that old man a ton of times, but those kids are far and few….yet ,I remember em far more!

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  14. Frigid Midget April 24, 2006 at 13:37 Reply

    hey…your mails keep bouncing back..just recheck the mail address u left for me.

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  15. Frigid Midget April 24, 2006 at 13:38 Reply

    Hey, your mail account keeps bouncing back my mails…please recheck the mail address you left me, will you sweetz!

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  16. Dee May 14, 2006 at 13:30 Reply

    🙂 i love hearing such incidents because they make you smile all throughout upto the edges of your toes, no?

    🙂

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