When Kenyatta Lewis left a store in Norfolk, Virginia with her 6-year-old daughter, she probably didn't realize that her little girl was about teach her — and the world — a lesson about the power of kindness.
In a public post on Facebook, Lewis describes how upon leaving the store, her daughter spotted a man sitting on the sidewalk, crying. She looked to her mother for an explanation, and asked, "Did you see that man crying? What's wrong with him?"
Lewis replied that she didn't know why, that perhaps he was just sad.
According to the mom's account, the little girl walked over the man and said, "Hi, sir. Be happy. It's a nice day. It's not raining. Are you hot? Why don't you go home? The ground is dirty.'"
As it turns out, the man explained that he had no home to go to.
That's when the little girl took it upon herself to make a small bit of difference in the man's life.
Lewis described her daughter's reflexive kindness on Facebook. "She gave him a few dollars out of her purse [along with] her drink and said, 'Please go eat. It would make me happy. I like McDonald's. You should go there.'"
Read Lewis' complete post below. Her daughter's simple courage and grace might just have you reaching for a box of tissues... and hopefully, making a firm commitment to finding ways to spread this kind of childlike kindness.
As the writer Henry James once told his young nephew Billy, "There are three things that are important in human life — the first, is to be kind; the second, is to be kind; the third, is to be kind."
At just six years old, Kenyatta Lewis' daughter embodies that wisdom as an example to all of us.