“… probably not someone you would talk to …”

It’s been about a month ago when this conversation actually happened. I was walking through one of our homes and stopped to visit with a young man … a strong youth, and yet more quiet than you might expect. He seemed to listen more attentively than most at his age.

We visited for a few minutes, and then as I turned to go, he said, “Larry, I’m very sorry to hear about your daughter.” (We are battling cancer.) Then he continued, saying, “I know I’m probably not someone you would come and talk to, but I just want you to know that if you ever wanted to, I’d be happy to listen.”

I was very touched by his offer, and it was clear to me that he was being sincere. Here was this youth, placed in our care, who was now offering to “care” for me and my own family. Inside this “tough” exterior was a soft heart and a genuine compassion for others.

There is a lesson in this for us all. Even if we have nothing else to give, we can still “care” for those around us, and sometimes that will mean more than all the rest of what the world has to offer.

Here at Coyote Hill we teach our children and youth a lot of valuable lessons … things like having self-discipline, a good work ethic, honesty, communication skills, etc. But it is also important to know that our youth learn the value of genuinely caring for others and being willing to share their pain.

Never miss an opportunity to show someone you care.

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