Do unto others

Thanksgiving morning came too early for me. I had gone to sleep much too late the night before, but my two-year-old son was ready to start the day at 6:30 A.M. So much for sleeping in.

A few hours later I lay on the couch with Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the television. I had my eyes closed, hoping a few minutes of sleep would follow. Seeing the enormous balloon characters floating down the street, my son ran to the couch and perched himself on my chest to watch the parade. I kept my eyes shut, still hoping for sleep.

After glancing at the TV for a moment, he turned back to me and asked, “Can you see, Dad?”

I smiled in pride. One simple question, but it told me all I would ever need to know about the boy: he’s someone who puts other people first.

The “golden rule” is part of his very nature, and a father could not ask for anything more.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

When something so difficult comes so naturally, tis indeed something for which to offer thanksgiving.

Yes, son, I can see.

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