Today on the way home from picking R up from preschool I was given proof of just the type of girl she is and I couldn't be prouder.
R: "That man with the hat, I just want to hug him!"
Me: I notice a homeless man sitting outside the little corner store we're stopping at and ask her "The man in front of the store?"
R: "Yes! I want to hug him!" She's getting very excited now.
Me: I park the car and as we're walking into the store she holds out her hand to him, he looks to me to make sure its okay and I just smile at him and ask him, "She wants to give you a hug, is that okay?"
The man: With a look of shock and joy on his face he answers, "Of course! God bless her!" And he got a classic R bear hug.
Once inside, R informs me she wants to give him lunch and tells me to get him a sandwich. Instead we get him a loaf of bread and some lunch meat. When we come back out and give it to him, she has a gigantic smile on her face and the man was speechless for a moment before thanking us. I told him it was her idea and he just beamed at her.
Now, if I haven't mentioned before, R is only 3.5 years old. And somehow she innately knows that feeding somebody who looks hungry is just the right thing to do and that a hug can brighten somebody's day. I am in awe of my baby girl today.