Flash of Silver…the leap that changed my world.
Right of Passage One – The Journey Begins –
Could it be that you might encourage a child with a “good word” that they may remember for the rest of their lives?
Recently 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.”
“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!