“An Act of Kindness for a Broken Heart” – Anonymous story shared by Meladee McCarty in Chicken Soup for the Soul
“Hi, Mommy, what are you doing?” asked Susie.
“I’m making a casserole for Mrs. Smith next door,” said her mother.
“Why?” Asked Susie, who was only six years old.
“Because Mrs. Smith is very sad; Her daughter died and Mrs. Smith has a broken heart.
We need to take care of her for a little while.”
“When someone is very, very sad, they have trouble doing the little things like making dinner or other chores. Because Mrs. Smith is our neighbor, we need to do some things to help her. Susie, maybe you can think of some way to help take care of Mrs. Smith.”
A few minutes later, Susie knocked on Mrs. Smith’s door. Mrs Smith answered the knock with a “Hi Susie.” Mrs. Smith looked as though she might have been crying because her eyes were watery and swollen.
“What can I do for you, Susie?” asked Mrs. Smith.
“My mommy says that you lost your daughter and you’re very, very sad with a broken heart.” Susie held her hand out shyly. In it was a Band-Aid.
“This is for your broken heart.” Mrs. Smith gasped, choking back tears. She knelt down and hugged Susie. Through her tears she said, “Thank you, darling girl, this will help a lot.”
May we be like Susie and care for someone who is sad today.
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