Each Easter our HOA puts on an Easter egg hunt in the park located in our community's common area for all the children. The kids love it. This year we put out over 1,200 eggs in addition to stuffed monkeys, balls and color wheels that spin in the wind. It is quite a wonderful event. Our community is a reflection ofChandler's great diversity. Red, yellow, brown, black and white. They are all precious in our sight. We love all the little children of the world.
This past Saturday was the perfect morning for an Easter egg hunt. A little cloudy, a little cool. The wind was quiet. The eggs lay still in the grass as the children lined up for the countdown. One, two, three – GO! It must have taken all of five minutes for every single item of value in the grassy area to be scooped up by these little human vacuum cleaners.
A few minutes later we noticed a couple with a small child, maybe 3 or 4 years old, arrive late to the Easter egg hunt. Upon seeing that the hunt had ended, the little girl began crying. Instantaneously, several of the other children dropped several eggs from their collective baskets in an area which surrounded the upset child. The little girl smiled and quickly sauntered away on her own personal Easter egg hunt.
We parents who observed this random act of kindness were taken aback by our children's total lack of selfishness. We were humbled by their willingness to step up and help another child in need without being asked or encouraged. We looked at each other and said that this was the American spirit.
Later, I pondered over whether the children's reaction was instinctual or learned. Their actions that day were the result of taught and patterned behavior. The caring, the sharing, the selflessness all were the results of great parenting. Good continues to happen!
In the big picture of things, this event in our community park that Saturday may seem small and relatively insignificant. But I wonder if we adults could only be so quick to put aside our personal differences and just be there now for each other in our collective time of need. I wonder if it would make a difference. Sometimes the solutions to our most complex and challenging problems are found in the simplest of things. An apology. A thank you. Seeing things from another point of view. Thanks to the children, we parents were blessed that Saturday by a strong dose of American spirit!
Jon Beydler is a 34-year Valley resident and the former Mayor of Fountain Hills who lives in South Chandler.