Walking to the car from the store, suddenly my son grabbed my hand and said, “wait”. We waited as I looked around in anticipation of some unseen danger. He said, breathlessly, “see her there, on the right?”. So I surreptitiously turned in that direction and there she was, a tiny little bird, obviously injured.
We sprung into action to help with my son leading the way. He ran into the store for a box while I kept an eye on the little bird. When he came out, we managed to get her into the box.
As we drove to the local wildlife center, my son sat with the box on his lap. He was thrilled to help. When we handed that little bird to the people that could help, my son’s face was jubilant. It was radiant. He felt wonderful after performing a good deed.
This is part of education as well. It should be, at the very least, highlighted as necessary to live in community. Children want to help instinctively- naturally. Somewhere along the way, we cull this need/ want, maybe out of fear for children’s safety.
Bottom line, children need us to help them fulfill this need to perform good deeds and hone in the skill it takes to help while still being aware of their personal safety. Because the smile, the look of fulfillment on my son’s face means this will be an event he will remember for the rest of his life. And that’s the kind of joy that makes this life worth living.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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