Every Thursday, Aaron and I deliver meals for Meals on Wheels. This has been such a beneficial activity for both Aaron and me. I didn’t really expect to see the relationships that have developed between us and the dear people that we briefly visit every week. Relationships or not, helping others is always a joy but getting to know our older ones on our route has been an extra blessing.
One of those men, Carl, has taken a real liking to Aaron. Every week now, Carl gives Aaron some special items that he has set aside especially for “my buddy,” as he likes to call Aaron. Aaron bends over laughing and rubbing his hands together when he sees Carl coming to the door with a little bucket full of shells and special rocks and pictures and all sorts of other random goodies…even a small lantern last week that Aaron has carried all over the house.
A day or two after our delivery last week, Aaron asked if he could write a thank you note to Carl. I was very happy that this was Aaron’s idea. Soon Aaron was hunched over my desk, writing his thanks in his own words. I smiled when I saw what Aaron wrote.
Well, that was short and to the point, right?
Aaron and I have had some discussions this week about showing kindness. We always try to instill in Aaron the desire to be kind, no matter his feelings that sometimes overtake him and cause him to be too blunt or unfeeling.
This morning as we were getting ready to leave for our deliveries, Aaron asked about the thank you note. I told him that it was on my desk.
He stood there looking at the card he had written.
“Mom,” he said, “I don’t want to give Carl the stuff one. I want to write another one.”
I gave Aaron another blank card and he quickly wrote his note. I was so touched when I saw his words.
I was blown away to see that Aaron got it. He realized that kindness is what matters most, not stuff. The stuff was a sign of Carl’s kindness, but kindness was the greater gift.
Never ever underestimate the impact that kindness can have upon every single person that God puts into your life, whether for a moment or for a season or for a lifetime.