Friday, April 13, 2012
I gave you a flower. Keep it forever!
One Wednesday night at church, a four year old boy found this fabric flower on the floor and gave it to me. It was such a sweet moment when he looked up at me and put the flower in my hands (even though the flower had probably just fallen out of the trash or something). I smiled and thanked him.
I was busy rewarding children with stickers for saying memory verses, so I laid the flower down for a moment, but when I turned around, there the boy was again, holding the flower and looking up at me with an exasperated expression that seemed to say, "Mrs. Hannah, I gave you a present, and the least you can do is hold on to it!"
I accepted the flower (with gratitude) for the second time but did not repeat my previous mistake of letting it go.
Moments such as these are why I have always loved being around little ones. Children can be so sweet--and it's completely genuine! I have often wondered why we can't all remain like that forever, and I think the world would be a better place if we presented each other with flowers and crayon drawings, multiple times daily. Don't you? But then I suppose childhood might not be so precious, if it lasted forever.