My future may not have hair, but it has hope

Between the general foul moods of my countrymen and discovering recently that female pattern baldness is a thing, I needed a break. I needed unicorns and rainbows; and cotton candy and kittens.

Disappearing hair notwithstanding, national and global news seems to have everyone on edge this  week.

With no unicorns, rainbows, cotton candy or kittens handy, my relief came in a phone call about a little girl whose actions remind me that good always bats last.

The feature picture on  the front page of this week’s issue of the Iowa Park Leader is a result of the phone call that pulled me out of that funk.

Little McKyla turned seven years old last week and the only gifts she wanted for her birthday were those that could feed people who are hungry.

This week, she gathered up all the canned goods and non-perishable items she received for her big day and took them to the Iowa Park Food Pantry for distribution in emergency food boxes.

McKyla gets it.

Her mother tells us she has been volunteering her time to help distribute commodities to local families. She is a little girl with a big heart as it says in the photo caption on page 1.

And I pray she represents the future of our community and nation.

Only seven years into her stint of being human, she understands that other people sometimes need a hand up; and that other kids might not have the abundance of food in their home that she enjoys.

A little girl after my own heart, McKyla reminds me that good remains in the world and the best part is it is coming from her young generation.

It reminded me of last year when a young man named Tanner asked for money for his 10th birthday. While that’s not uncommon, what Tanner wanted to do with the money was.

Tanner took his birthday money to church and gave it as an offering so “other people learn more about Jesus.”

We need to learn how to act again, folks. These innocent, generous minds haven’t been taught to only take care of their own; or to judge the why of someone’s circumstance.

They each understood a need and filled it in the purist way they know. By giving, by sharing.

There is a book out there by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The first thing on the list is to share everything. The last thing on the list is to be aware of wonder, which is what I’m doing here because it is indeed a wonder to see that degree of selflessness.

We all need to read that book, twice.

If we took the book seriously, Facebook and Twitter would look different; our country would look different; and if we took the lessons to heart, we would look different.

I hear a lot of people griping about the millennials these days, and to be quite honest, the millennials are the people raising these children who are so generous in spirit. They must be doing a lot of somethings right.

If this is the case, we should all just act like children again, because these kids seem to have their act together, and they also still have their hair.

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4 thoughts on “My future may not have hair, but it has hope

  1. “Practical IQ” is greatly more valuable than “Mental acuity,” or “Mensa IQ.” It’s the intuitive sense to see, understand, act and enable without instruction. If you have “street smarts,” you’ll fully leverage the “book smarts” you gain in college. Otherwise, you’ll refer to instructions to navigate the crosswalk. And you’ll just have a certificate you’ll have to dust. The “sense” this little girl has is utter brilliance. As I get older, my heroes get smaller and more unusual; they’ve morphed from Elway to greatly anonymous. Giving … the reward therein; it’s difficult to articulate. I know a woman who carries a cow bell through airports. She see’s a man in a uniform, she just blasts on the cowbell, bee-lines toward the service personnel, and applauds, GUILTING all those passing by to participate. She’s graduated kids from West Point and he deceased husband was a lifer in the military. I know a divorcee in El Paso who, every morning at breakfast, buys the breakfast of a single parent dining with their child. Guy lives on a fixed income; settles for less because this is his hones passion. Seeing people who GIVE when they actually have not very much … that’s a gift all in its self. GREAT column. And Miz Funny Bone! You’d be beautiful bald because hair does not define you … itz da witz!

    1. Like you, as I get older the people doing the important work are those who do it quietly. The ones you have to quietly watch are the most interesting. My heart needed some hope for the future this week, and that little girl gave it to me. There are so many more like her, and I love it! As India.Ari says, “I’m not my hair” 🙂

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