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And A Child Shall Lead Them

No exception, we grab a cart
We're a slice of this geography  
Nice people taking part of shopping,
talking, cell phones buzzing
cashiers checking, shoppers queueing, 
wheels are churning
cards are scanning
Where do we start our viewing, chewing on the latest deal
The great appeal of mindless buying?

I am shopping, child in tow
Buying dog food, fifty pounds

Then, to the car with chirping sounds 
from this child (she is my grand)
who now observes a woman, pale, 
with a skinny hound,
sheltered near the parking lot.

A homeless woman, I'm confounded
how to help this hungry soul

This sweet grandchild is more endowed 
to take a stand for that old hound
She's convinced to do some good

And so you know...
back in we go,  where we once stood,
standing in the check-out line

We're in the store for more dog-food 
A bag we buy, perhaps a few
We add some goods, a thing or two
This child with me is so astute
pointing to those gift cards too
to feed them both, as well we should

Approaching, we are taking care
to let her think it's for the dog
But in the bag, we left our hearts, we left a smile
The one we kept will last awhile

True Story:
Contest: Random Acts Of Kindness
Sponsor: Debbie Guzzi

Copyright © Carrie Richards | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 3/7/2017 8:50:00 AM

    great read Carrie i'm touched by these types of acts. these are truly life nuggets. and a great example the young one.
  1. Date: 2/24/2017 3:25:00 AM

    A lovely story and so beautifully written, Carrie. Congrats on your placement in the contest T.J
  1. Date: 2/19/2017 12:46:00 PM

    What a lovely story told in verse, Carrie. Some people would not even notice the woman and her dog. The help you gave them probably meant more to her than gifts under a Christmas tree mean to most children. Bless you for showing kindness to her! Congrats on your win, too!
  1. Date: 2/15/2017 12:33:00 AM

    So incredibly well written.... and then the completely endearing content. Such a well-earned placement in the contest. Congratulations.he
  1. Date: 2/14/2017 9:05:00 PM

    ...and so we shall strive to see things through the eyes of a child...Masterfully written Carrie. Congrats on your placement in the contest
  1. Date: 2/14/2017 5:41:00 PM

    There we go polished to perfection. I miss YOU Carrie, how are you? Write me email? Congrads Light & Love
  1. Date: 2/11/2017 7:10:00 PM

    A touching story, Carrie, and so beautifully written! I just love your poetry, and it's nice to be back reading it tonight. Hugs, Rhonda :)
  1. Date: 2/11/2017 6:13:00 PM

  1. Date: 2/10/2017 11:07:00 AM

    You know how to rhyme, extend a rhyme and write, ...easy to flow, completely engaging wonderfully written....but alas , far too wasted for this cottage garden, you need an allotment to showcase these blooms ...Ian
  1. Date: 2/10/2017 10:15:00 AM

    boy is this doggone good, as always Carrie. i see why you win so many contests. "For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers/their laughter and their loveliness could clear a cloudy day..." From a John Denver song
  1. Date: 2/9/2017 10:16:00 PM

    Left me teary eyed, Mrs Carrie. What a fabulous example you are. Very moving.