To My Son

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mother and son on beachThe way you came up to me with $25.00 of your Christmas money in your hand, ready to give away… I wish you knew how proud I was of you.

There you were, sick and feverish, spending the day home from school. But when you saw that commercial about St. Jude Children’s Hospital on TV, you got off the couch, went upstairs, and counted out your money, all on your own.

“I want to give this to save a life,” you said.

You coughed, then showed me a yellow post-it note with a phone number scribbled on it in your eight-year-old handwriting. “This is where to call. Can we do it?”

It’s hard for a mom not to get choked up at something like that.

“Do you want to wait until you’re feeling better?” I asked, swallowing the lump in my throat.

“No,” you said. “I want to save a life right now.”

What a privilege it was to sit there with you–the phone on speaker–and help you donate your money.

What a gift it was to watch you care about others like that.

And it was humbling too.

Because even though your dad and I have tried to teach you generosity, I knew with certainty in that moment that your giving wasn’t a result of our parenting.

It’s the person you are.

And you know what, Son?

I bet you did help save a life.

I bet you really did.

Love you,

Mom

 

20 Comments on To My Son

  1. Buckeroomama
    January 18, 2010 at 5:56 am (8 years ago)

    Bless him. What a sweet, wonderful little soul.

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  2. Amanda
    January 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm (8 years ago)

    This totally brought me to tears!! Well done good and faithful servant!Blessings-Amanda

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  3. Jeanine
    January 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm (8 years ago)

    There are no words for that one. Just swallowing the lump in my throat.

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  4. Stephanie
    January 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm (8 years ago)

    How sweet of him. your son has a great heart!

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  5. KellieS
    January 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm (8 years ago)

    I agree…that was not something that was taught; it was there all along. Sensitivity in our sons is a blessing that I would never trade for the world. I've got one who wants to save all the dogs.

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  6. lancelonie
    January 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm (8 years ago)

    My heart is melting as I read the story… How touching!!!I bet he got that caring heart from his proud mom! :)Hope your son is better now, Genny! Happy Monday!

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  7. Multiple personalities..
    January 19, 2010 at 12:27 am (8 years ago)

    You are both truly blessed: your son because of his immensely generous and loving heart, and you because you've raised a wonderful child. Thanks for sharing that story, it truly warmed my heart!

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  8. Genny
    January 19, 2010 at 12:39 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the sweet words, everyone. It was definitely one of those "mommy-moments".Happy Monday!

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  9. Erin Bassett
    January 19, 2010 at 6:27 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, totally brought a tear to my eye! What a sweetie!!

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  10. Kathy
    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Beautiful. Well done sweet boy.

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  11. Wade's World
    January 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm (8 years ago)

    I got choked up just reading this. What a special son you have!

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  12. kim
    January 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm (8 years ago)

    A lump in my throat as well. What a wonderful story.

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  13. Tina Edgal
    January 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks Genny for following my blog.God bless you richly for your help to Haiti.Amen

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  14. Bethany
    January 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Aww! What a sweet boy he is :)

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  15. Flying Giggles and Lollipops
    January 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Yes, he is generous. I quality that some adults still struggle with. That is truly adorable!

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  16. Allison
    January 21, 2010 at 3:40 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, that's pretty amazing. What a great son you have.

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  17. Warren Baldwin
    January 21, 2010 at 4:53 am (8 years ago)

    What a neat post! What a neat young man. From being a minister, parent, counselor, I can tell that this young man has had some good training and mentoring. Good job.

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