Today in Vancouver, BC – it was cold. It was blustery. It was windy and rainy. No snow like in Toronto or Ottawa but bone chilling damp just the same. I was on my way to yet another counselling appointment to clear my head and was stopped at a red light. I heard a tap-tap-tap from the passenger window of my vehicle. As I fumbled to get the window rolled down, I noticed it was an elderly man on crutches. He was obviously cold, wet and more probably, surviving off a minimal income.
Him: Hello. I am cold and I am wet. Do you have any spare change?
Selfishly saying – before Amanda’s death – I probably ignored those looking for handouts. But something made me one day realize that there are some who may be down on their luck. Hardship sucks. Losing a kid sucks even worse. As I fumbled around, I didn’t have a whole lot of change in my vehicle. What I did find was a purple $10 bill. The significance of 10 and purple. Well now, it was meant to be. (No one ever knocks on windows of cars unless they are desperately in need.)
So I gave the cold and wet older man the purple $10 bill. If the smile of surprise could like up a Christmas tree, it would have been his. He blessed me and wished me a very nice holiday. I hope he spent the money wisely on something hot to eat and drink. I hope he didn’t have to knock on anymore windows for awhile.
We, the more fortunate, need to sometimes re-assess what we have. We sometimes have to remind our kids what they have. There are those that aren’t that lucky. On Friday, I have to good fortune of talking to some grade two’s in a school in Vancouver. Snowflakes, kindness and and giving will be what we talk about it. If we could all give a little more to others and a little less to ourselves, the holidays could be that much brighter.
That’s why the ‘Give a Sock & Mittens’ is such a good thing to do. Doesn’t really cost a whole lot. A Timmy’s coffee? Better yet – a Starbuck’s special seasonal coffee? I managed to get 20 new socks for $9.99 at Walmart. What a great start. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can ‘Make Your Difference’ this season by GIVING, SHARING and CARING.