Monday, 20 May 2013
Being Like Little Children
It was a hot, sweltering Texas afternoon when our school held its carnival last week. My booth was the Lollipop Tree. For two tickets, a child could choose a lolly and if the end of the stick had been colored red, he won a prize. But if the chosen lollipop was not a winner, he got a small candy as a consolation prize and would get to keep the lollypop regardless. The best kind of carnival game for a child!
Three adorable young siblings came to my booth early on. Once they understood the game, the six-year-old sister would carefully give me enough tickets so she and her little brothers could each have another chance to win. I was friendly and encouraging as they would chose their lollipops. I smiled and suggested they pick a flavor they liked; when they didn't "win" a prize, I reminded them to choose a candy from the bag. Did I mention that the sun was relentless and there was absolutely no breeze or shade? I could feel beads of sweat on my forehead and upper lip. My cheeks were flushed and the wisps of hair that couldn't be snared into a pony tail were either sticking up crazily or plastered to my skull. Any makeup that I had applied twelve hours earlier was loooong gone. I turned to refill the lollipop tree, and the oldest of the trio lovingly said, "You're beautiful." I was ANYthing but beautiful at that moment, but her sincerity made me FEEL beautiful inside.
I want to be like that little one and share with others the strength, or wit or wonder that I see in them, just as that little one showed me my inner beauty.
Posted by Patti at 18:52