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Kid’s books: kindness

May 22, 2015
Josiah Duncan's kindness brought everyone to tears.

Josiah Duncan’s kindness brought everyone to tears.

As you may know  I love writing kid’s books encouraging good character. All four  of my kid’s fictional  books have characters who display kindness toward others. In Charlie the Horse,  an older retired racehorse mentors young Charlie about the importance of working hard and setting goals. In Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star’s Mama carefully teaches her she must try new things to see whether or not she likes them. In the sequels to Charlene the Star,  Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, the animal characters help remind readers it’s important to help others.

Speaking about helping others, have you heard about what little five year-old Josiah Duncan did? He and his Mom were having breakfast at the Waffle House when an unkempt man came in. Josiah’s Mom said the man was homeless. Immediately, Josiah asked, “What does that mean?” His Mom explained it meant the doesn’t have a home. Little Josiah was so concerned he convinced her she should buy a meal for him. Josiah walked over to the man’s table and told him he could order anything he wanted. The little boy knew the man couldn’t order without a menu, so he hurried off to get one. Before the homeless man enjoyed his meal, Josiah sang a special blessing. Everyone in the restaurant was teary-eyed at Josiah’s remarkable gesture. His Mom was so proud. Here are her comments:

“You never know who the angel on Earth is, and when the opportunity comes you should never walk away from it. Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.”

It seems we always hear negative stories these days. Isn’t it refreshing to hear about a little boy whose random act of kindness touched many people. He’s a great example to all of us. When he grows up, Josiah would have a wonderful subject for kid’s books. I’m sure the homeless man will remember his kindness for the rest of his life, as will all of the customers at the restaurant that morning.  I hope whether you write kid’s books or anything else, you’ll be a good role model for others.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

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