Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Everyone Should Enjoy Halloween Even Homeless People Mommy

It was Halloween evening and I was taking Leilani and her friend trick or treating. On the way back we walked past our train station where we saw a homeless man sitting by the stairs. He had an absent and deflated presence about him. "Look mommy he is homeless. Should I give him some candy?" Leilani asked.

Huh? "Uh... sure baby. Yeah that would be cool."

She reached down into her pumpkin and pulled out a piece of candy, "here sir... sir... excuse me." The man looked up dumbfounded. He looked at Leilani, looked at me, and then a huge smile stretched across his face. "WOOOWW! Thank you! I... I don't know... God bless you and her. She... God bless her. Thank you." he said with his hands on his heart and a smile on his face.

Why did you do that baby? I asked her. "Well everyone should have fun on Halloween even homeless people. It's not fair that only people with houses get to have fun."

I couldn't believe it. I was and still kind of am at a loss about how amazing and giving her little gesture was. While everyone else around him was smiling at children running around in their costumes he was there possibly feeling as if he had camouflaged into the wall but Leilani reminded him that he wasn't.

It's important to teach ourselves and our children that all people, especially those society says are "lost causes" are important.

Homelessness is a serious problem within the teen mom community. Many pregnant and parenting teens are kicked out of their families homes EVERYDAY. Please take a moment to learn more about homelessness amongst our peers by reading Diamond's interview, Precious's interview, and the blogs Youth Homelessness section. 

When was the last time your child surprised you by showing you they have retained a life lesson you have been trying to teach them?