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MATTHEW RODA

A LESSON IN GENEROSITY

As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our kids so many life lessons ~ some more important than others.

One of the most important lessons we want to teach our children is that when you do good, good comes back to you.

I’m almost 40 and I’ve gone out to eat more times that I can remember. I’ve never had someone pay my bill.

Two months ago, Helen and I decided that we are going to donate a certain percent of my income to someone in need. In these uncertain times and with twins on the way, it makes us a little uncomfortable, but we’re committed to being generous because we know we’ve been blessed and will continue to be blessed.

Last month, Helen and I went out to eat and we saw an older couple and we just randomly decided to secretly cover their bill.

Tonight, we went out to eat to celebrate Amelia’s birthday and we ordered appetizers and main courses.

When we asked for the bill, our waitress said someone secretly covered our bill.

I had so much fun explaining to Caroline how we didn’t have to pay for dinner, because some nice person in the world decided to pay our bill for us.

She was a little confused, so I told her how a few weeks ago we paid for someone else to be nice, and tonight someone paid for us to be nice.

I’m not sure if she fully understands what happened, but she was intently listening as I explained everything, so I have no doubt the seeds of generosity are being nurtured in her.

We don’t care what our kids do with their lives when they grow up, but we most certainly care what kind of people they become.

Generosity and caring for our fellow humans is at the top of the list in regards to the life lessons we want to instill in them.

Tonight was a beautiful example of do good and receive good and I love that my daughters got to experience it with us.

PS – they paid for us before we ordered a slice of cheesecake 🙂 so we had to pay for that 🙂

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