15: Raising My Sights

15: Raising My Sights

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grand and Great

Raising My Sights

My six-year-old granddaughter, Caitlynd, and I stopped at a Tim Hortons donut shop for a blueberry muffin. As we were going out the door, a young teenage boy was coming in.

This young man had no hair on the sides of his head and a tuft of blue spiked hair on top of it. One of his nostrils was pierced, and attached to the hoop that ran through the hole was a chain that draped across his face and attached to a ring he was wearing in his ear. He held a skateboard under one arm and a basketball under the other.

Caitlynd, who was walking ahead of me, stopped in her tracks when she saw the teen. I thought he’d scared the dickens out of her, and she’d frozen on the spot.

I was wrong.

My Grandangel backed up against the door and opened it as wide as it would go. Now I was face to face with the young man. I stepped aside and let him pass. His response was a gracious, “Thank you very much.”

On our way to the car, I commended Caitlynd for her manners in holding open the door for the young man. She didn’t seem to be troubled by his appearance, but I wanted to make sure. If a grandmotherly talk about freedom of self-expression and allowing people their differences was in order, I wanted to be ready.

As it turned out, the person who needed the talk was me.

The only thing Caitlynd noticed about the teen was the fact that his arms were full. “He woulda had a hard time to open the door.”

I saw the partially shaved head, the tuft of spiked hair, the piercings and the chain. She saw a person carrying something under each arm and heading toward a closed door.

In the future, I hope to get down on her level and raise my sights.

~Terri McPherson
Chicken Soup for the Grandparent’s Soul

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