We want our kids to grow up and be good people, but sometimes they become good people with very little prompting from us. The first time I realized my daughter was a good person was when she was seven and came home from school without a coat. At first I was so upset with her, we’d just bought that coat, but then she told me her friend was cold and she gave it to her to keep her warm. I never taught her that. At least, I don’t think I did. She did it because she wanted to take care of her friend. Sure, it meant I had to buy her a new coat, but I did so happily. Gabby has alopecia and started losing her hair when she was four years old. Her friend Tyler knew he could help Gabby, so for the past two years he’s been growing his hair to make a wig for his friend. Take a look!
Both kids are remarkable, but the fact that Tyler dedicated two years of his life to taking care of his friend is incredible. We want our kids to grow into good people, but with kids like Tyler around, it seems like a lot of that growing is done before we ever have the chance to show them what it means.