A Raspberry – It was a simple act of kindness, the gift of a raspberry. More than 50 years ago it sustained the courage of a young teenage girl in a Nazi slave labor camp. Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein told the story to Columbine students after the fatal shooing on campus. She was 15 in 1939 when the Nazis invaded her Polish community and took her family away. She, too, was eventually sent off to a series of slave labor camps for three years and never saw any of her family members again. One day, in the concentration camp called Grunberg, her friend Ilse found a raspberry in the gutter on the way to the factory in which they worked. She carried that little treasure all day in her pocket to present it on a fresh leaf to Gerda that night. Ilse did not live to taste another raspberry because she died. But the gesture lives in Gerda’s memory as an example of how, even under terrible circumstances, kindness and caring can exist and no matter how little you have, you can always give.
Start with a smile and see what happens. In fact, did you know smiling is proven to boost immunity? Smiling also measurably reduces blood pressure and studies have shown that it releases endorphins and serotonin in your brain. Giving is an attitude and no gift is poor when it expresses the true love of the giver. Your heart’s gifts are rich and precious.