Monday, August 6, 2012

We make a life by what we give

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. Sir Winston Churchill.

At the age of three and a half years old, Ryan has lived out the above quotation.

We were travelling back from Johore Bahru to Kuala Lumpur (about a year and a half ago) and as usual Grandma and Grandson had their usual tete a tete. We were on the topic of India and I reminded him of how he wanted to pack me a cup and spoon (he thinks India is a very poor country) to take to India during my last trip. I told him that during the winter months, which can be very cold, some of the children do not even have clothes to wear …

Grandma : Ryan, do you know that during winter which is very cold, some of the children have no clothes to wear?

Ryan (frowning with his eyebrows pulled together) : Poor thing. Popo, I have a solution!

At this point I thought he would suggest that I take some of his clothes to India to distribute to the children but what came out from him left Mummy and Grandma with opened mouth.

Ryan : I will give them some of my Ang pow (chinese new year money) money. You bring the money to India and give to them. Ask them to use it to buy clothes.

(This is the exact conversation I had with Ryan.  No change of words at all)

Later that night, he knocked on my room door, handed me the money with a big grin. He is like his mummy, ever thoughtful, ever generous, adorable and most lovable. “Everybody Loves Ryan