- Family and Parenting
Making a Difference
I remember once when I was in about the 3rd or maybe the 4th grade..it's been a while....I got invited to a party from a new girl in the class. She invited everyone. Maybe 20 kids.
Mom carefully looked at the homemade invitation ...I told mom I wasn't going..I just didn't want to. But she said "Yes you are going". She had never done that before and I was very upset. My other friends weren't going. Mom assured me she would pick up a gift the next day.
On the morning of the party..it was on Saturday if I remember right, she got me up early and had me help wrap the mirror and comb set she had bought..for 2..00 I think. She drove me over to my friends house and said she would pick me up at 1 P.M. I forget her name..but let me give her one now...Mary. Anyway she lead me to the room with her homemade cake and it had 8-9 candles on it. You could tell it was decorated by her mom. There was as many cups full of candy as people invited and it was a bright and cheery room..I figured it would actually be fun when the rest of them arrived.
I asked mary where her mom was..and she looked sad and said she wasn't feeling well and that her dad was gone. I began to feel sorry for Mary as she sobbed..and it also occured to us that NO ONE ELSE WAS COMING.I jumped up and yelled "who needs them" Here were two little girls with a big cake , lot's of candy, kool-aid, and prizes with games to play.
We began with the cake. And not finding any matches we pretended to light them...I sang Happy Birthday and she blew them out.
Before I knew it it was 1 P.M. and mom was there to pick me up, honking the horn...I thanked Mary for all the prizes I had won, we shared the rest of the goodies 50/50 and I couldn't wait to tell my mom how much Mary loved the mirror set..and that I also couldn't wait to tell everyone what a great party they had missed.
When we pulled up in front of the house , mom leaned over and gave me a big hug and told she was very proud of me...with tears in her eyes. She told how One person can make a difference and I had made a difference in Mary's life today. But mom had made a difference too , in my life.