The Pajama Parable

4 years ago

So yesterday was pajama day for Camden. I had told him that we would buy him a fresh new pair for the event. I picked him up from school, and headed to the store in pursuit of the pj's. On the way, he requested two pairs instead of just one. My immediate feelings were along the lines of exasperation. Camden is famous for wanting and begging for things, and I don't think he's quite grasped what it's like to be appreciative for the things he already has. So when he requested pajamas x 2, I started to protest immediately. But then he told me why.

He told me about a boy in his class who doesn't own any pj's. So Cam had the idea to purchase a second pair, so that "A" would be able to participate in pj day. I was so touched by Camdens thoughtfulness, that I absolutely could not say no. I had a feeling there was some truth to this story because when I visited Cams class at Halloween, this particular boy did not have a costume. It absolutely broke my heart to watch the teachers scrounging around in the closet, looking for some semblance of a costume. As I recall, he ended up wearing a hat and some sunglasses.

So - we bought two pairs of pajamas. And the next day, I sent Cam to school in his pajamas, with a second pair tucked away in his backpack. I hoped I wouldn't offend the boy or his parents, but I figured it was worth the risk.

And then Camdens teacher emailed me.

Hi Melissa,

Sorry I meant to email you earlier but I wanted to THANK YOU so much for sending in another set of pjs! I think Camden had overheard "A" saying that he does not have any pajamas and that he sleeps in his jeans. That was VERY thoughtful of the both of you!! They were so excited to have such cool pjs-it was SO precious!! I took a really cute pictures of the two of them that I will have to print off and send home for Camden. Thank you again!! :)

I wanted to cry. I really did and I had a hard time holding my tears back while sitting there at my desk at work. I am so proud of my boy. This was his idea. This was him recognizing that someone had a need, and that he could help fill it. This was him thinking beyond himself, and showing true kindness and love for another person. This was a humbling moment for me. This boy of mine, he reminded me, he taught me, about love - in that moment. And despite all the struggles I have had with him, he has this solid gold heart that is truly one-of-a-kind. 

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