Here is a truly heartwarming story that I received via email today, which demonstrates that we all can make a difference when we give a small child the gift of our time and conversation:
A young family moved into a new house next to a vacant lot in a new subdivision near Houston, Texas. One day, a construction crew began to build a house on the empty lot. The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in the goings-on and spent much of each day observing the workers. She was fascinated by the big trucks, the heavy equipment, the various tools, and the fact that these people were actually building a "whole big house!"
Eventually the construction crew adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her during coffee and lunch breaks and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important (while complying with all the OSHA regulations and labor laws, of course). At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her ten dollars 'pay' she'd received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, "I worked every day last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us."
"Oh my goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?"
The little girl replied, "I will, if those a**holes at Home Depot ever deliver the f***in' sheet rock."