a penny for her

I’m overwhelmed by moments of your instinctive kindness, little man. When we stopped for glacé on our walk in Cannes yesterday, you noticed a young woman sitting with a cup and came up to me and said, “Momma, can I have a penny for her cup?”

I’m not sure where this comes from. Intuition, perhaps? I’m sure we’ve talked about how some people are homeless, but your regular encounter with it is through sales of The Contributor, the homeless paper. You’ve not had so many opportunities to see people simply sitting and asking for money.

Whatever compelled you, it was sweet. We got one euro from Daddy, and you plopped it in her plastic cup. She thanked you and kissed your hand.

I gave you a big hug, told you I was proud of you and started to pop little bites of yogurt flavored ice cream into your sister’s screeching yapper. (Argh, Darwin, I’m SO ready for that phase to pass!)

You tapped me and told me she said: “Comment t’appelle.” I explained to you that she said: “Comment appelle tu?” and that she was asking you your name. You exchanged names with Ellen and waved goodbye as we walked on. I was (and am) so proud of your empathy and kindness, my little bug. I hope it stays with you a lifetime.

This entry was posted in big boy. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s