Every year Google holds a prestigious Google Doodle Contest for school kids. This year the topic in the US was ” I show kindness by …”. Kids had to draw painting/doodle incorporating the theme.
In Feb end, when my seven-year-old was excitedly discussing her different ideas on the topic, I pointed out that this is not a theoretical exercise. She should only depict kind acts that she does in real life. The keyword is ” show” not “think”.
After many days of head-scratching, she decided what she is going to do and asked me to submit her entry only after she has done the act depicted in her doodle.
There is a trail near our house that goes along a creek. Some homeless people have made encampment near it. Also, there is a stretch of empty land nearby. She told that her idea was to plant vegetable and fruit seeds there so that that homeless people can get fresh produce all year long. In the first go, she planted some butternut squash and pumpkins. She submitted her contest entry after that. A few days later, she wanted to plant more, so it was the turn of wildflowers, spring beans and summer squash. Today it was cloudy, and she suggested that we plant other seeds as when it rains seeds will germinate quickly.
So today evening, it was melons, papaya, and tomatoes. While my daughter was busy planting, she was also ecstatically pointing out all the previous planted seedlings that have grown in the meantime.
It’s heartening to see her kindness slowly unfolding, spreading its roots and blossoming along with the plants. Now kindness is not for the prize, but kindness is the prize.