Monday, December 2, 2013

Scout Spirit showed by my daughter

Thanksgiving week I had possession of all 5 of our kids.  I shuttled one son back and forth to his high school for wrestling practice Monday through Wednesday.  Wednesday evening we were planning on leaving to go to Houston to see my sister and her family and my parents were also driving in with my other sister.  My brother was going to be visiting his first granddaughter and my niece in Florida.  It was a full house.

On the last trip of the week to wrestling practice my youngest daughter asked to come with me to pick up her brother.  We stopped on the way home to pick up some over the counter medications because part of the family was dealing with colds.  My daughter asked to purchase a small bag of chips with $5 she had.  I agreed and followed her to the counter with my purchases.  As some stores do they ask each customer to donate $1 to some charity that helps and I cringed as the cashier asked if my daughter would like to donate.  I only cringed because my daughter has limited funds compared to most adults so I was hoping this would not embarrass her (I am generally more of a "lets do some service or spend some time" kind of guy instead of cash).  She said "Well of course!" and the cashier let out an audible "Awwwwwwwww....." as my daughter forked over the extra dollar.  It was a great example for me especially of living with Scout Spirit -- kind and thrifty and charitable.  Granted it was only a dollar but the percentage of money she "makes" each year makes that dollar look like a lot of money!!  CVS Drugstore will probably never know how hard it was (or maybe it was easy) for her to give up that $1 but my youngest daughter is a good kid with a great spirit about her.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner with commercialism and consumerism at all time highs as can be seen by stores opening actually on Thanksgiving.  Soon they probably won't even close.  My daughter's small act of giving $1 to help someone in need really set me into the holiday spirit.  Yes, I have plenty to be thankful and grateful for but I have more now to be grateful for knowing that she knows giving to those in need can help even if it was only $1.  

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