Help a Child Today

Dec 12, 2015

Help a Child Today


Flash of Silver…the leap that changed my world.
Right of Passage One – The Journey Begins –

Question #2

Could it be that you might encourage a child with a “good word” that they may remember for the rest of their lives?

Flip phoneRecently my very mature son, a baby boomer, took me to Best Buy to purchase an iPhone to replace my aged ‘flip’ phone that causes some young moderns to find it an amusing relic. I, on the other hand, feel that it suits me just fine!

During this extremely longwinded exchange I wandered off in search of anything that I might understand…like an electric kettle?

Rounding a corner en route to small appliances I almost collided with a 5 or 6-year-old girl whose parents were also entangled in an iPhone purchase. She too was on the prowl.

She was also sneezing and coughing mightily…into the underside of her well-bent elbow, every time…same place.

I went over and didn’t try to start up a conversation largely because I am deaf enough to not understand a small child’s reply.

“Hello,” I started, “That’s a nasty cold you have.”
She nodded.
“Did your mummy show you how to cough into you sleeve like that?”
Again, she nodded.
“I think you are wonderful to do that, it really helps keep other people like me from getting sick”
This time she gave me a shy smile…and then…nodded.

I have absolutely no idea if she will remember my words but I like to think she might and it has helped me to keep a look out for small children behaving well. And then tell them so.

I’ve spent at least 75 years since I overheard my grandmother saying that I was a good little by for folding my clothes. It has meant a great deal to my sense of self worth, especially when nothing seemed to be going right.

Would you consider joining me?  Keep an eye out and catch a child in the act of being…good!

Two days later I returned the iPhone, too many bells and whistles for an ‘amusing relic’ like me. Besides, I like it when I can get a young modern to smile, even though it’s just at my flip phone!


  1. James Dressler Says: December 14, 2015 9:50 pm

    A long story short (as best I can manage anyways), tonight I whipped up dinner for my wife and kids after getting home from work. A long day for us all, but my wife called me “awesome” for making a simple meal for us.

    When I was a young boy, I remember sitting at home with pen and paper attempting to write down the ingredients to your recipes before they darted off the screen… Even tried to catch the fat, sodium, and cholesterol. The first time I considered the content of my food, besides flavor. No DVR in those days though.

    I distinctly remember making a dish from your Show, I was 9 or 10 (1990), did as well as can be expected of an untrained 9 year old. Though I forgot which dish it was, I remember my father’s word for it… “awesome”. My father passed when I was 21. But my love for cooking, born out of witnessing genuine men with a passion for food, like you Graham, was the catalyst for such a meaningful moment in my life. Don’t know why, but I just wanted you to know. Thank you, and God bless you. – James

  2. Lynn Severance Says: February 27, 2016 3:51 pm

    I went into teaching (primary grades) because I wanted young children to grasp the essence of their value and gifts, at least as I discerned them. What a fulfilling career for one who has little recall of positive words coming my way – rather lack of words or any knowing of gifts that – when I found I had a voice – exuded words of encouragement to young and “not so young”. We all need to receive the gift of positive attention: be it a smile or a word. It can brighten a day – and often can change the course of a life.

    I, too, have a relic of a “flip” phone to use for emergencies. It suits me fine and is a “pay as you go” set up. I “pray as I go” out and about that no emergencies will arise but it has come in very handy a few times for eliciting help from AAA! 🙂

  3. Marina Says: March 25, 2016 4:00 pm

    For my last birthday (Christmas), my son got me a smart phone. Funny thing, I got him the exact phone for Christmas! I still try to learn this new phone, but I ended up keeping my flip phone too. I have a plan that lets me keep it for six dollars a month. When I need something fast, it is the first thing I use.

    I love the idea of giving children, our greatest gifts, something positive to remember. I have done this before, and will continue to do so. It matters not to me if they remember me, but rather the thought that will help nourish them in times to come.

    You, Mr. Kerr, gave me such inspiration many years ago. I was a little girl when your show came on the air in the states. I was ill a lot, even once had pneumonia. I was home from school, and my grandma and I would watch your show on my sick days. I didn’t understand the grown up humor, but you still were funny to me. Keeping fun and humor in my kitchen is something I adopted when I became a wife and mother. It remains there to this day, and only recently did I realize who helped put it there. Thank you!

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