We have an amazing community here on Roatan. Last night, a family’s home burned down. This morning the neighbors began putting out the call for things that family now needs (read: everything.) One neighbor posted in a Yahoo group that the family that lost their home and all their possessions has 3 children. One of the children is a 3 year old little girl. My little girl is 2 1/2 years old. My heart instantly hurt for them. I began thinking of how I would handle losing everything in one night. I can tell you friends, I would not do well. I began thinking that if I were those parents I would love to have a few things that my little one could play with while we were going through the difficult task of rebuilding. I went to my daughter and told her that, “A little girl lost all her clothes and toys in a fire. It is very sad. She has nothing to wear and nothing to play with.” My daughter was instantly very sad and so compassionate. She ran into her room and grabbed her Little Tikes Baby Tap a Tune Piano.
She said “We will give her this.” Now, understand that this piano is precious to my daughter. After we sold everything (including the same little piano she had been given for our baby shower) and moved to Roatan, this is the toy she wanted and talked about and had to have. This is the first toy we bought for her after moving here. She still plays on it all the time. She’s not Mozart, but she loves it and uses it almost daily. My first instinct was to steer her toward a toy that is rarely used, or one which she will not miss in order that there not be sadness in my house once she realizes that the piano is gone for good. Let’s be honest, I was being totally selfish because I did not want to hear any whining later on. But thankfully the Lord snapped me out of that quickly and I realized, that this was not my situation to try to control. My darling daughter wanted to give to someone who is in need and wanted to do it from her heart. This was her choice. (Parents: please be aware that I did put my foot down at her wanting to give away her “blankie,” knowing that she would be devastated to lose that article. Mamas no fool.) This was a perfect opportunity for me to encourage my daughter’s compassion and generous spirit. This real life lesson of giving to others and loving them how we want to be loved was presented to us today and I am so blessed that my daughter is wise enough to embrace it. I had no idea that I could learn such deep lessons from my 2 year old.