I always wonder what my kids are really like when they aren’t with me there to prompt them or give them the evil eye.
Do they have manners? Are they well behaved?
Do they treat people with respect?
Do they remember the little things that I’ve tried to instill within them?
Are they good people or do they just have me fooled at home?
Today, I went to get my nails done. OPI, a metallic greenish-blue-ish for any of you who wanted to know. With polka dots on the ring finger. I think it’s a perfect color for my evening at Drag Queen Bingo. Don’t worry, I’ll have a post tomorrow.
I always go to the same Vietnamese owned salon. I love them there and I think their nail technicians do a great job.
My daughters go there with friends after school or sometimes, when I’m really lucky, they’ll go with me.
It’s our salon.
The girl who was doing my nails today began talking about my daughter, whose nails she’s done quite often. She was trying so hard, in her adorable broken English, to tell me a story.
She told me that one time, when my daughter came in with a friend during a half day, she only had the $7 it costs to get a polish change.
But in her purse, she had a ziploc bag FILLED with loads of change that she collected.
She decided to give it to the nail technician because she didn’t want to leave without tipping.
The young girl told me that something about the way my daughter acted touched her so deeply that she went home and called her mom in Vietnam to tell her about this little girl who gave her a big bag of change for a tip.
She teared up a bit when she was telling me this so, of course, I did too.
As she was painting my nails this funky blue-green color, she went on to inform me that she saved this bag and its change because it reminds her of Emily. And Emily reminds her that there ARE good and kind people in the world.
This kind of action, I firmly believe, isn’t something that was even taught to her. It just is something that is from within her.
She is THAT kind of good.
And, I can’t even relay to you, without crying, how incredibly proud I am of my daughter.
Wow, now I’m getting teary-eyed! Sounds like you have a great kid. I hope you went right home and gave her a great, big hug.
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she who knows says
She is the best yet. What a great kid.
Tara R. says
That was so sweet. You’ve done a wonderful job raising thoughtful and compassionate kids.
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What a wonderful girl you have!!
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Another Suburban Mom says
That is so sweet. You have awesome kids.
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Oh wow to have a moment like that. That is what all mothers wish for.
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What a touching moment. And you should be proud – you raised her well ^_^
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Gray Matter Matters says
I’ve always told my son that there’s a saying ” Character is how you act when no one is looking.” Clearly you have a daughter with great character, and no, that’s taught. Well done, Mama!