Sometimes looking at the world through the eyes of a child can surprise you.
Children see things as they are, without being muddled by the baggage we grownups accumulate through our lives.
Take, for instance, what happened when a teacher in Glasglow, Scotland shared with her young students that she had some very sad news.
Mrs. Dunne had always shared stories of her beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie, with her students.
They had all seen photos of Charlie and knew how very special he was to Mrs. Dunne.
Then came the morning when Mrs. Dunne had to share with them the news that Charlie had passed away from a tumor pressing on his heart.
It was a very sad day, and she wasn’t sure how her students would handle the information.
One little boy, Callum, was touched far more than Mrs. Dunne could have imagined.
When the school day was over, Callum came up and handed her a folded piece of paper.
He had asked earlier for a piece of paper, but he didn’t tell her what it was for.
She realized the paper had been folded into a card, and her eyes filled with tears. On the front of the card he had written:
“Dear Mrs. Dunne, Sorry if you don’t like it or it makes you emotional.“
When she unfolded it she found that dear little Callum had penned a poem using the letters of Charlie’s name.
I want to say that I’m sorry about your dog. I want to say that your dog was –
Cheeky. I bet your dog was really cheeky.
Happy. I bet your dog was always happy.
Adorable. I bet your dog was super adorable.
Relative. I bet your dog was really related to you.
Lucky. I bet your dog was really lucky to have you.
Incredible. I bet your dog was super incredible.
Energetic. I bet your dog was always full of energy.
But most of all, I know your dog was special and your dog is in a better place and is looking over you.
Charlie was a good dog.
As Callum had feared, the letter did indeed make her emotional. But, in such a very good way!
She read the letter to her family that night and her daughter Lucie immediately posted it online, where it lit up the Internet.
“Callum had asked for paper in class on Monday, and wrote her the note without her realizing,” Lucie later told People.
“She was quite touched when he gave her it, as were the family when she showed us that night.
I tweeted it straight away because of how lovely it was and it just blew up unexpectedly!
He was the most lovable dog I’ve ever met, and everyone knew him because I was always posting photos and videos of him. He was just amazing.”
What a very special little boy!
Obviously his parents have instilled in him not only empathy for others, but the knowledge of how very special our pets are to our families.
Rest in peace, Charlie. You were loved. And you are missed.
Source: I Heart Dogs