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This is a letter I wrote for the Register Guard's Letters to the editor. This was back in maybe 1997, when the paper printed "thank you" types of
letters. Today, they just post the political, opinion types of letters. One person commented on my letter by writing:
"I cried when I read this. We see so many stories about bad kids in the media, such as children killing other children.
This proves there are good kids out there, too."
Here is my letter:
"We took four of our younger children to our Community Center for an Easter egg hunt. Jessica is 9 1/2 and totally blind. She felt it was more fair to
hunt with kids her age, rather than with younger kids. At first I wasn't sure this would work; there were many 9, 10, and 11 year-old kids, tathered in a
group, anxiously waiting for the horn to sound. Two girls went out on the field ahead of time. It took a little convincing by the head guy to get them
back to wait with the others.
The horn sounded, and the kids all ran out, picking up eggs like a huge street cleaner. Jessica had her cane ready, but it's hard to slide a cane back
and forth on wet grass "looking" for eggs. There weren't any eggs left for my daughter.
A father and son were nearby. The boy reached into his small bag, took out a plastic egg and placed it near my daughter. She felt all around her and
found the egg. Her face lit up as she placed it in her bag. The little boy then took out two more eggs and placed them around her. One could see the
joy he felt in sharing with my daughter.
Soon, more kids came along, each placing an egg near Jessica. It was hard for me to even thank the kids because my throat was tight and tears
tried so hard to escape from my eyes.
One child came along with a huge bag of eggs and reached down to grab one of the eggs Jessica hadn't found yet, one that was about two inches
away from Jessica. Two of the other kids quickly said, "They are hers!" She gently put the egg back within Jessica's reach. That young girl learned a
little that day-a little about herself, a little about sharing.
As kids learn to reach out to others, at this young age, they acquire a habit that will last a lifetime. This feeling will spread from child to child and will
truly help to make this a better world."
By ME, Mom to a whole bunch of kids, Lahna Rasmussen copyrighted 1998