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#436: A Little Boy Shows True Christmas Spirit

Monday, December 06, 2010

As I headed toward the restaurant entrance tonight I noticed an elderly gentleman ahead of me walking slowly with a cane as he approached the doors. Ahead of him was a woman and a young boy who was perhaps six years old.

The boy struggled to open the door but when his mother reached to help him he told her, "No, Mom, I got it," as he valiantly forced the door open wide enough for the man with the cane to slip through.

"I got the door for you, Mister," the boy said, seeming to fight with all of his strength to hold the door open.

The man slipped inside followed by the boy and then his mother. As I followed, the man turned to the mother and said, "You have a fine boy there, Ma'am." To the boy, the man smiled and said, "Thank you, son, I couldn't have opened that door without your help."

A wide smile burst across the boy's face as he shook the man's proffered hand and said, "That's OK, it's Christmas. Merry Christmas, Mister!"

The man smiled again and followed the hostess to his table.

"You should be proud of your son," I whispered to the woman.

"I am," she said, "I am," as tears wet her eyes.

We went our separate ways but that moment of true Christmas spirit will be etched in my mind and in my heart for a long, long time.
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