Last night I sat in a quiet diner and ate a late dinner after working a very long day. There were only a couple of other tables filled in the whole place, until a grandfather and granddaughter walked in and sat in the next booth. I couldn’t help hearing them, and was moved by their kindness toward one another.
From generation to generation we have this opportunity to put each other first.
He told her about his years as a sheriff, and she beamed at him, telling him that his stories are amazing and she’s so proud of him. It’s her first year of college. He asked her if her major is decided and she said she’s torn between teaching elementary or middle school. He assured her she would figure it out.
He had liver and onions.
He promised to take her shopping the next day.
She told him she can’t drink coffee this late at night or she won’t sleep. He ordered milk.
This young lady was on a break from school and she came to stay with her grandfather. She came to spend time with a man that led her family through time and supported her mother. I was reminded of the importance of giving back, not only to work toward a sustainable future for generations to come, but to honor the generations before us.
The generations before us may not have known what we know now–about recycling, the environment and other global health issues–but here they are, many of them willing to learn. Many of whom have paved the path toward educating ourselves about the issues we face as a whole.
No matter what, the people before us raised us up and let us go, and we have the choice to take the good, and run with it, to better this place, simply because we can.
Showing up is key, friends. To Grandpa’s house. To spending time having fun with our children. To making small efforts to improve the health of our families. Even if we feel overwhelmed by the issues that face us and the pace of life, we can do small things.
Visiting grandpa, taking a loved one out for dinner, recycling, helping our neighbors, taking a walk, playing, noticing the fall colors all around, cleaning up the streets, planting gardens, giving back…
“Do small things with great love.” Mother Theresa