A young girl was late getting home from school one day and her mother had begun to worry. She called some of her daughter’s friends, but no one had seen her. The mother was becoming concerned and she made one more trip outside to look for her daughter when she saw her coming down the street.
Instead of embracing her warmly and telling her how glad she was to see her, she did what mothers often do when they are afraid – she scolded her, “Where have you been? Why didn’t you call? Didn’t you know I’d be worried about you?”
The young girl explained, “As I was walking home, I saw Sally sitting by the curb crying because she had broken her doll and I stopped to help her.”
The mother ‘s frown turned to a soft smile and she said, “Oh, so you helped her fix her doll?”
“No,” said the little girl, “I couldn’t fix her doll, so I sat down and I helped her cry.”
When a friend or family member has something broken that we can’t fix, sitting beside them and helping them cry is a good thing to do.