Many, many, MANY exciting things have happened in my life within the last 24 years or so, but nothing exciting has happened in the last few days. Therefore, I will sit here and tell you about something really non-exciting, and you'll sit there and read about my average existence with a smile on your face. I hope.
The other day Zariah came home from her Dad's house with 2 whole dollars in her hand. YES, my friends, two WHOLE buckaroos! Being that she's all of four years old, she was understandably excited about her cash. She came running into the house, threw off her coat, and declared to my mom (who was in her usual spot in the kitchen): "Look, Grandma!! I have TWO dollars! My Daddy gave them to me!" My mom, being the loving grandma that she is, lovingly played along with a WOW kind of expression on her face and an emphatic: "Really?! What a good Daddy you have!" Zariah then seriously reached her cash-filled hand up and said, "Here Grandma, take one. It's for you."
I listened from my seat on the living room couch as my mom responded: "For me? That is SO nice of you, baby! Thank you!"
The happy little giver regained her excitement and hopped into the living room toward me: "Look! My Daddy gave me two dollars but I gave one to Grandma!" Although she was a dollar short, her original look of elation had not faded a bit. I played along as well: "Wow, Zariah! That's incredible! What are you planning on doing with one WHOLE dollar?? I mean, there's so much you can do with it. In fact, if I were a dollar richer, I'd be pretty happy too!" She reached her hand out once again and offered the dollar to me: "Here. You can have it!"
I was shocked as she passed me her very last dollar and skipped happily away to watch cartoons and play.
Yes, I did take it. No, not because I'm a selfish freeloader but because I was stunned by her giving nature. Of course, she doesn't know the value of a dollar but she does know enough to realize that a few dollars can get you a whole lot of candy! I put the dollar in my pocket and soaked in the lesson that I had just learned from my 4 year old niece: If I am ever going to give, I should give joyfully and wholeheartedly, knowing that money comes and goes, but an act of love and selflessness will leave an impression that lasts a lifetime.
"God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7