"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
My parents came to visit me from Ontario this week. I took a day off to spend with them sight seeing. We went to Frank Slide and then to Fort McLeod to see the old fort and the old town. In front of a touristy store they had some wooden Mounties. I put my loonie in the strap of his purse.
We then walked back to the fort where we had parked the car. My dad said "you guys want ice cream?" We did so we went into the little candy/ice cream shop beside the fort. We met the most interesting and giving man. I think he wanted someone to talk to. He came over and sat down with us and told us the story of his little girl (who isn't so little now, 40 years old). She was born premature and was very small. She developed a tumour behind her left eye. Most doctors just told this gentleman that they couldn't do anything for her. Finally he met someone who wanted to help him and hooked the family up with a surgeon in Alberta. So the man and his family moved out west. The doctor cut out the cancer but left her blind in her left eye. The man told us that this little girl had spunk and wouldn't let the other kids pick on her because she was different. Well this little girl has grown up to have her own family and also is the head of Bank of Montreal's Internet services.
The man then told us another story about how he gives to the children. I think he was so grateful someone helped his child that he has spent his life giving back to other children. He runs or helps run a program called someone like the good behaviour program. 500 certificates are printed up for a free ice cream and beach ball. The police are given 200 and the other 300 are given to the teachers in Fort McLeod. The children are given these for various things like wearing their bike helmet, behaving at school or for helping out etc. The children then come to the ice cream shop and claim their treat. This gentleman donates the ice cream and London Drugs donates the beach balls. I thought it was a lovely thing to do to encourage and reward children for their good actions.
What a lovely man. Meeting him and talking to him was a wonderful end to our day.
Act of Service for the day: water your neighbours flowers or grass.