Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spirit of Service

Lately I haven't been feeling well, and it's bringing out a side of kiddo that I don't see all that often (being her parent and all) - her serving others side.

I hear from other parents, teachers and other adults that spend time around kiddo that she loves to help, and is quick to offer service to those around her. This makes me so very happy, and yet looking at our life, I can't say that I can point to where this has come from. I hope this is because helping those around us is so ingrained that it's just part of life without thought to plan things out.

Since I haven't been feeling well, I often come home from work and head straight to bed. It's frustrating, and I don't have any sick time built up at this new job to afford actually staying home. If things get worse I certainly will. However, each time kiddo finds me in bed, she offers helpful suggestions (open the window for fresh air) and brings me healing foods (toast and tea) while admonishing me that I should eat. I make her eat when she's sick, and I'm no different.

What would I do without this little nursemaid?

I am so, so thankful she has this spirit of service, and I pray that I have that same spirit with those around me and my loved ones.

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  1. That is so sweet! How old is she? I assume my son is a typical almost-4-year-old in that he's still pretty self-centered most of the time.

    1. Thanks Sarah! She's 11, going on 16 :) It's very typical for kiddos to be self-centered until about 10 or 11 before their sense of self truly starts to turn a bit more outward to the point that they derive satisfaction from helping others. Or at least, that's what I've seen in my kiddo and her friends. :)


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