So, the story starts at a school gate where a mum was holding a junk model rocket that her son had made. We were talking about the things our kids bring home from school and how we have to make space for them and I suggested that she could hang it from the ceiling on a piece of string (I do have very occasional moments of cleverness).
The rocket was made of junk but really it was precious to her son and so it needed to be kept safe at all costs. Her son had done what most young boys do, he had given his treasured possession to his trusted mum and then had run off to play. The mum (whose name I don’t know, isn’t that always the way at the school gate!) was holding the rocket and keeping it safe.
Dramatic plot twist coming, daan, daan, daaah!!!!!!
Her daughter ran out crying and the mum crouched down to hug her. Now, it’s hard to hug someone while you are holding a precious space rocket (there’s a line that I thought that I would never use) and the mum wasn’t going to put the rocket down in case it got damaged (she didn’t want two crying children). She was struggling, so I simply said shall I hold the rocket which I did while she comforted her daughter.
It is often really easy to help people!
It’s Valentine’s day today. Some people are feeling loved , treasured and special and others are feeling miserable. I believe that love is much more than an emotion, more than a feeling for those who we are in close relationships with.
Loving is caring. A loving action might be:
Holding a rocket.
Holding a door open.
Saying thank you.
Smiling at someone.
Sending a card to someone who needs encouragement.
True love is caring and we have the opportunity to spread the love today.
As we live our lives, may we keep our eyes open and be considerate of and caring to those around us.
Love is for life, not just for Valentine’s day.