Recently, I checked my kids’ on-line lunch account. We add funds to their lunch account on-line. I check it periodically to make sure there is enough money there to get them through the month. When it runs out, I just add more money. There is no need to go into detail about school lunches because they are far from gourmet and the choices are limited. However, they do offer ice cream at an additional cost at the middle school.
Back to my story.
After checking the accounts, I noticed that my 4th grade son had $42.00 on his account and my 6th grade daughter had $7.00 on her account. I was surprised especially since I usually put the same amount on each account. So after reviewing it more carefully, I noticed that she was purchasing 1-3 ice creams a day in addition to her lunch. My first thought was, that’s not very healthy for her to be eating 1-3 ice creams a day. She’s tall and super slim so it wouldn’t hurt her but just not a good habit to develop.
Then it dawned on me. It is unlikely that she is eating all that ice cream. She must be buying ice cream for her friends. I was sort of moved, and annoyed at the same time. Afterall, we have raised our kids to be compassionate and to help others if you are in a position to do so.
When she returned home from school, I questioned her about the lunch account. Sure enough she was purchasing ice cream for her friends.
Ice Cream for Everyone!!!!
We talked about how thoughtful and nice that was for her to share. She really is a very compassionate young lady. We also discussed relationships, forming true friendships, and the notion of “buying” your friends. Genuine friendships are based on commonalities and not what you can do for the other person. She did say that they did not have the money to buy ice cream. Next time she is feeling particularly generous, she agreed to check with us to make sure it’s okay since she does not have a J-O-B.
She is aware that I can see all of her lunch activity on-line now. We agreed that she can purchase one ice cream, for one friend, once a week on a Friday. We’ll see how that goes.
What are ways that your kids have demonstrated compassion for others?
Have a Super Blessed Weekend!!!
Peace and Blessings,