Two little girls,
the same height,
the same age,
one is walking and chatting.
The other is being pushed in a stroller.
An outing is always fun. New things to see and new friends to meet. After a series of humid days rain was a gentle relief. Faith loves to explore and really loves to people watch. She waves at the most unlikely people. She seems to know who is in most need of a smile or wave. But what if someone chooses to talk to her? If she doesn't want to be noticed she will use her hands to cover her ears and pretend she cannot hear them or see them. Then as they continue on their way she'll start the process of waving and smiling again.
Every so often there will be a special moment when she will bond instantly with a stranger.
As we crossed the road, a mother and daughter also did. A passing remark of how gently the rain feels and how it will make you grow like a flower by being watered by the rain.
This little girl was probably the same height and age as Faith. She falls in step with the stroller. Smiling at Faith and I her mum continued walking slightly ahead but close enough to keep an eye on her daughter.
The little girl looking happily at Faith and spoke to me, "can she walk?" "no, not yet" I said.
"I can walk," looking at her feet and smiling.
"Can she talk?"
"Yes, she can but Faith is just very shy" Faith is watching everything with a curious look but with a twinkle in her eye.
The little girl skips every now and then, smiling at Faith she says, "does she get afraid of getting hugs?"
"No, she loves them." I said.
"She can hide really well in there (the pram)" now walking closer to Faith smiling. The little girl chats away to Faith and I asking all sort of questions. Faith taking it all in, reaching out her hand to the little girl. We walked like this passing many shops for more than half block.
Then, suddenly her mum stopped outside a shop and said "this is our stop we have to buy you some nickers".
Just as quickly as they entered our lives they were gone. The little girl waving good bye as we passed the shop.
Faith looked back and reached out tears streaming down her face. She didn't want this little girl to go. What an impact this little act of kindness brought to Faith. The innocence of a little girl reaching out to another little girl who was just a big difference. It brought Faith joy and happiness.
Sometimes showing compassion takes courage. What does compassion sound like, feel like or look like to you?
1000 Voices for Compassion is a movement by bloggers to write posts about compassion and kindness and ALL PUBLISH ON THE SAME DAY (Feb 20th) to flood the Blogosphere with GOOD! I'm just a little late as usual :-)