Today's hero is a unique one. Let's travel down to Florida, where I had the pleasure of briefly meeting one of the most enlightening individuals I have spoken with in quite some time! For privacy reasons, we'll call him Little Cubbie, due to his outfit repping the Chicago Cubs!
Living in Florida, I speak to my fair share of tourists who are down for a break from the cold weather and to hang on the beach and catch some rays. This morning, while heading to the elevators, over-enthused, bright eyed, sunscreen soaked face, ready to go Little Cubbie came and joined me. Being probably only 5 or 6 years old, I asked him if he wanted to push the elevator button as I know little kids like to do. But what a surprise I was in for when he said, "No thank-you, you were here first go ahead." Come again Little Cubbie? This response is something you rarely find in a starbucks line with adults let alone an excited little kid! Gold star for the little man.
His parents were only a few steps behind, and as the group of us waited for the elevators he looked me up and down and asked if I was going to the beach. Sadly, I had to tell him I wasn't because I had a lot of work to do.
"That's ok, hopefully you can go soon because it's right there! We're all so lucky aren't we? Just so lucky..." he replied as he subtly shook his head gazing out the window as if pondering how he got to be in such a great place.
The parents and I all chuckled a bit, but let those words sink in for a little bit. Perhaps he wasn't intending that last question to be so deep, but he was genuinely excited and so appreciative to be here today ready to go to the beach! Once the elevator arrived, with a big smile he let his mother push the button and rode down eager to take on the day ahead.
Looking back at this, the few lines exchanged between Little Cubbie and myself, surely made my day. At Be Robin Hood we're about helping those who need it most, but also about living life to the fullest. Surely Little Cubbie is only a kid, but we can all learn a little something about appreciating where we are in life, and where we will be going. Have a great day!