Children's Generosity

This morning we went to the birthday party of one of Gabe's friends at Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, Mass. About ten kids and some of their parents made our way through the rocky chasm. The kids were like goats climbing all over the place, the adults a lot more cautious and slow! The trees and their golden leaves were lit by bright sunshine, and the sky was a deep blue overhead.

After the hike, we all had lunch together, then homemade cupcakes, followed by the traditional opening of gifts. The kids were so dear in their gift giving. Each gift was thoughtful and personal, the givers were eager to give, and the birthday boy specific and articulate in his gratitude. As my mother would say, it did my heart good to watch these dear children treat each other with such kindness and generosity.

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu chey ha-olamim she'asa li kol tzorki. Blessed are You, the Generous, Our God, Life of All the Worlds, who acts for all my needs.

Blessed are You, the Loving One, Our God, who endows us with loving kindness and generosity.