My grandson, Kelo, who has cerebral palsy, recently underwent double hip surgery, and has shown amazing resilience as he moved out of the most painful part of his recovery. On Sunday, my husband and I had his younger sister, Bella, over for a few hours, giving Kelo and his mom some precious one-on-one time; it was the perfect opportunity for my daughter-in-law, Mpumi, to put on some Aretha Franklin and cook up an authentic South African dish for just the two of them. Sharing a meal and some music — so simple, but such a powerful way to connect and to enjoy each other!

As for Bella and I, we stopped at some garage sales, and I happened upon that childhood classic, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” with its profound message on the power of love. I read it to Bella (who I have to say is one of the sweetest, most loving and intuitive 4-year-olds I’ve ever seen) and she just loved it. What a blessing it was to be able to share this beautiful story with a new generation.

When my husband and I took Bella home later, she took her new old book right over to Kelo, who was sitting on the couch with his legs up, in a cast from the waist down. As Bella “read” him the touching tale, Kelo just beamed, so pleased that his little sister was showing him so much love and attention and wanting to help him feel better. Mission accomplished!

Watching Bella so easily live out the love she exudes and seeing the response from Kelo touched my heart and reminded me that big things can come in small packages.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12