During these very anxious holiday times, we're never really sure which Jake is going to pounce downstairs in the morning. So when we catch a glimpse of "the real Jake" we hold on for all it's worth. We've been able to manage a bit of his anxiety by letting him receive a gift early. So he's relaxed a bit and while his generous heart is shining through, today he burst my heart open.
I picked him up from school today, after a very busy and tiring week and he was very talkative. Throughout our coversation about school, the weekend and work, he kept going back to a homeless guy he spotted earlier in the day during his field trip. Describing with a sound of concern.
We started talking about the unusually cold day, "I bet the guy was really cold standing outside all day." he mentioned first. A few minutes later, "he had a sign around his neck that said God Bless You." We began to eat, "Mom you should go give him some money. Then, "he had many canes to help him stand up."
As we were finishing up our fajita meal, of course there was one left over tortilla, 3 steak pieces, a pile of untouched rice, chips and veggies for the fajita.
I packed the food up to take home and we headed to the car as Jake carried the food.
We ran to escape the wind, and blasted the heat once inside. Jake asked if we could go see if the guy was still out there. We were crawling through traffic and Jake was craning his next to see ahead. He spotted a dark figure with a walker, leaning up against the traffic sign. With glee, he excitedly said, "he's there, he's there!" He asked me to move over a lane to get closer to the median. (mind you, we were 3 lanes away in the middle of rush hour). I was able to scoot over, as we approached he gave me the doggie bag which was steaming up the plastic see-through container.
I stopped in the lane, as the car behind me unexpectedly decided to turn left and hold up traffic. (not a coincidence)
Horns started honking, so he turned to look. I rolled down the window and yelled, "here you go, eat it up, it's still warm!" As we pulled away we could see the man eating it within seconds.
Jake turned and exclaimed, "We are doing God's work. When you share your blessings, you get even more blessings! We made that man so happy! I feel good (full body shiver)!"
As a tear rolled down my cheek, I swiped it away and thought, this is the meaning of Christmas and you really GET IT!
Christmas Miracle Number 1! If I don't see Christmas Miracle Number 2, my heart is satisfied.
I sure hope this Jake gets out of bed in the morning!
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