– By Mary May Larmoyeux –
It’s now been several years since my then three-year-old grandchild and I went on a “field trip in honesty.” On that day, I intentionally brought her to a store with me to pay what I owed for incorrectly charged items. I explained to the clerk, in front of my grandchild, that I had not been charged enough.
On the way home that day, my grand and I talked about why it’s always important to be honest. Even in a little thing.
I still remember many other “little things.” Like my dad explaining to me that when I write a check it’s a promise—a promise that the money is in the bank. And how Mom would always tip the young man or lady who helped her with her groceries … and now I do the same.
And at times when I look up at the moon on a dark night I remember standing in the backyard with my dad decades ago. He pointed up to the moon and said a simple sentence, “A man walked on that moon today.”
Life is made up of little things. Little moments that transform themselves into days … and months … and years. And little actions that become defining decisions … and habits … and character.
I love what Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson said in their book Let’s Make a Memory: “We have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, But we have this moment today!”
I hope that the moments that my three-year-old grand and I spent on our “field trip in honesty” made a lasting impression.
How have you taught your children or grandchildren to value honesty? Have you, too, found that the little things in life really do matter?
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