Saturday, September 5, 2015
Kindness: You give it, you get it...but sometimes you get blown away by it...
Rowan was set to attend a fundraiser for Methodist Children's Hospital today. He painted a couple of his Rowan originals, and took them with him to donate to the raffle. He also wanted to make a couple of special ones for a friend there. She has been dealing with a lot lately, and he wanted to cheer her up. Here are the two pictures that he painted for her.
Here he is with them, once we framed them for her last night.
And, finally, here he is giving them to her today at the event. The best part of this was his explanation to her. Rowan told her: "I know you've been having a rough time, and things might seem like the first picture, but they actually are getting better every day and God will start making it look like the second picture, ok?" Priceless.
A few moments later she returned with a gift she had for him. Rowan loves the Beatles, and she has dedicated the song "Beautiful Boy" to him often, so this was very special:) It was actually kind of ironic too, because the lyrics "Before you go to sleep, say a little prayer. Every day, in every way, it's getting better and better..." mimicked Rowan's message to her today through his paintings.
As if that wasn't enough today, a few minutes later someone showed up with a surprise gift for Rowan. Pretty much a stranger, other than through Facebook, but not anymore. Rowan has a fascination with old things. He always tells me that he wants to try out an old rotary phone, or that he wished he had a typewriter, things like that. Things that he has never even seen in real life, but is just curious about them for some reason (his old soul maybe?). Well, through Facebook, I had mentioned that he loves typewriters...and look what she showed up with today...
and just look at his face when he saw it!
A 50 year old blue manual typewriter!
With the sweetest note ever, typed on the paper...
Rowan hugged Rosie and her daughter, as he just beamed from ear to ear.
His very own old fashioned typewriter. He told them, "This just isn't going on my 'special shelf', it's going in my 'special chest'!"
He was so happy to try it out.
He typed his name first, and it was like a dream come true for him!
Thank you Rosie from the bottom of our hearts.
and so nice to meet your daughter too.
After you both left, he typed and typed and typed...
He let his friends try it out too. They were all amazed that this is how we used to write papers and letters, before computers.
Rowan looked up at Ian and I at one point and said: "I am never texting again! I am just typing notes to people, that's it!" It was adorable. Then he said, "I'm keeping this forever! I'm going to pass it down to my own children!"
The lesson I learned today is that it doesn't take much to show kindness...a painting, a sweet message to a friend, a song, an old typewriter from a garage sale...but, if you give kindness, you get it back...and sometimes you get blown away by it. Like we did today:)
Thank you Esmie, Rosie & your families