middle ground

The Duty of Kindness to Strangers

Sharon over at a Leaf in Springtime has captured so beautifully the essence of kindness to strangers, 3 year olds and the plight of migrants. ❤️

A Leaf in Springtime

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One quiet summer afternoon, several years ago, when my son was three years old, we went to the local neighbourhood library. There he played happily with a huge pirate ship set out on a low table filled with colourful blocks and wooden puzzles at the children’s section.

Soon a little girl his age came along and as they played side by side, my young child turned and gave her a hug as a sign of his affection and friendship. The little girl froze and let out a piercing scream. Stunned, my son stumbled back, his little face quivering with confusion as he battled with his own tears.

Helpless, I looked to the little girl’s mother who was nearby, hoping that she would reassure her screaming child nothing untoward had happened. Instead, the mother simply turned towards me and declared, “I have taught my child that no stranger should ever touch…

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About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

7 comments on “The Duty of Kindness to Strangers

  1. I agree, Val.

    The first part of Sharon’s post saddened me.

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  2. A wonderful post and reminder to us all. Thankyou; 🙂

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  3. Sharon’s post was poignant and sent out a powerful message to all of us. It’s sad to say, but we have become so dis-connected from each other, to the detriment of our young ones who are the future of this world of ours.

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  4. Such a wonderful post, Val. I love that photo…so sweet!


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