Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In the past couple of weeks I have noticed a woman that I never paid much attention to before. Every morning she and her daughter run to school. Yes, run. Her daughter is probably about 9 years old, but she runs like a pro. They don't actually live in the school boundaries. It's probably 1 mile from their house to the school. When I think about it, that isn't really that far, but when I see that little girl running, it just surprises me. But then the mother does something that is very noteworthy. On her way home, she stops and collects trash along the road. It takes her quite awhile to get back home in the morning because she is stopping to pick up trash. She usually fills a couple of plastic grocery sacks each day. It's a little thing, but I'm impressed that she makes the effort. Not only is she teaching her daughter healthy exercise habits, and doing so by example, but she is helping to clean up her world. It makes me think twice about what I'm teaching my children; or in this case, what I'm neglecting to teach them.