The Important Thing

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Theologian, Philosopher, Physician

On Friday, my children and I were at the mall.  One of the biggest fascinations for them is the escalator.  Maddi and I were headed down when I reached for Jordan’s hand and he didn’t grab mine.  He kept telling me he was scared.  I called for him to come; to be brave I was right in front of him.  But, even as I said the words, our distance was increasing.  I looked up to the gentleman approaching the escalator, noticing his surprised expression to see my little boy standing at the top alone.  Thinking fast for a solution I called out, “Please sir, help my son get down.”  He gently and kindly assisted Jordan.

Thankful to be back together, we shared our appreciation with the stranger who helped us.  As we walked away I explained to Jordan how dangerous escalators can be and that when Mommy says come, it is necessary to listen right away.  I then concluded, “The important thing, Jordan, is that you were safe.”  He corrected me, “The important thing, Mom, is that guy helped me.”

Stunned, I had to agree.  In the last two years of my life I have been reminded numerous times of how we need one another.  I have been humbled by the many people who have come to our aid.  And I have learned without question the meaning of carrying another person’s burden.  Sometimes this is the only way we make it to another day.

"We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."  -Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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