I've been volunteering in St. Vincent de Paul's Dream Center on Mondays. They have us help the kids with their reading and homework.
"Hi, I'm Dorothy," an elderly woman with a warm grin announced as she vigorously shook my hand.
"Hey, I'm Brandon."
"I come down 3 times a week to help out."
"That's incredible. Yeah, this is really fun."
Her energy made my stomach flutter and lips curl upward.
Later that night, after I finished checking over a youngster's reading assignment, I spotted Dorothy hugging a child.
"Go get a book and let's read," she told him.
Dorothy sat a few chairs down from me, and the young man raced to the library.
Something told me to take in the moment as the kid ran back to Dorothy waving a paperback.
"Uh-oh, here comes Pete the Cat," she yelled in reference to the kid's selection as he saddled up next to her.
In that moment, nature gave me a snapshot of humanity's purest form of beauty as a lively woman in the December of her life shaped a 5-year-old's future by helping him read a book about a cat named Pete.
I didn't expect a reward for doing this, but I got one—a lifelong one.
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