Bus BFFs: We Can Learn a Lot from Kids
As many of you know, my favorite day of the year was last Thursday, December 6. It was the day for our 10th annual “Smile Bus” trip to NYC and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show. The Smile Bus is where we take people who have had a difficult year due to illness, bereavement, economic hardship, family dynamics, bullying, and other issues to park their troubles at the curb for a day of joy and special memories. This year, we celebrated our 500th rider. It is such an exciting and fulfilling experience that I smile for weeks afterward.
The absolute best thing about the bus is how the children, from all different schools and backgrounds, all bond with each other. On this bus, they formed a “choir” on the way home and collectively sang from the song sheets that we used on the way down to the show. They all wanted to sit together and were the best of friends, without prejudice or exclusion or malice. They formed a community of happiness as we headed down the road. Everyone was welcome to be in the choir - didn’t matter your age or appearance or what baggage you were dealing with. Everyone was included. A great lesson taught by the kids. Sometimes the best thing we can do for someone is to just include them.
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Todd A. Slingerland, CFP®
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