The full moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival is believed to symbolise “reunion.” True to the spirit of this joyous occasion, a little girl decided to bring festive cheer by demonstrating the importance of sharing and caring.
On Tuesday (21 September) night, a Singaporean mum took to Facebook to thank a kind little girl who gave one of her Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns to her daughter, Elly.
theAsianparent reached out to mummy Margarita Kezia Seah to talk to us about the touching exchange between her daughter Elly and a rather kind-hearted girl.
Little Elly Made A New Friend Who Taught Us The Importance Of Sharing And Caring
Image source: Margarita Kezia Seah
Just like many of us during the festivities, Ms Seah and her family decided to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival outside. Her mother suggested they go for a mini family outing at Gardens by the Bay where festival decorations had lit up the venue.
While out and about, her daughter Elly got visibly excited. After all, she could see many kids around her carrying their own lanterns. This was when Ms Seah realised that she had initially planned to buy Elly a lantern but forgot to stop by the supermarket to get her one.
“I couldn’t exit the carpark queue because it was almost 8pm, which was our booking time for the Flower Dome. I felt a little guilty because Elly was happily pointing to other children and saying ‘lantern lantern! Mama, lantern!'” Ms Seah tells theAsianparent.
“I was so worried that she was going to feel left out because almost every child there has a lantern. She looked a little worried but thank god not full blown upset,” she added.
Just then, a little girl and her mum approached Ms Seah. After hearing that her daughter didn’t have a lantern, the young girl decided to give away one of hers to Elly.
“As we were exiting the lift, a girl and her mama were going into the lift but heard that Elly didn’t have a lantern. She stepped out and said ‘Oh wait! You don’t have a lantern? Come come, I can give you mine! My daughter has 2.’ She turned to her daughter and said ‘Can we give this lantern? We share with this mei mei okay?’ The girl nodded and that’s when my heart melted,” shares Ms Seah.
Ms Seah and her mother thanked them and even offered to pay. But the kind-hearted family politely refused.
Grateful Mum Thanks Sweet Girl For Her Touching Act Of Kindness
Image source: Margarita Seah
In hopes that the girl’s mum would be in the same Facebook group as her, Ms Seah uploaded a post to thank her for the lantern that made her daughter’s night.
“To this girl and her mama who overheard that Elly didn’t have a lantern, thank you so much for giving one of yours,” she wrote in her post.
Ms Seah added, “We are truly touched and really grateful for your kindness so that she didn’t have to feel left out [because] every other kid had one.”
Attached to her ‘thank you’ note, she also shared photos of her daughter Elly smiling brightly with the adorable lion lantern she was gifted.
Ms Seah even shared that her daughter Elly held on to the lantern the whole night.
How The Lion Lantern Made Elly’s Night
When asked how little Elly reacted, Ms Seah tells theAsianparent, “She was a little blur and confused at first, but once she realised she had a lantern in her hand, her face lit up! She held tightly onto it the whole night and even brought it to bed with her.”
It was important for Ms Seah to share this lovely exchange online as she was touched by the girl and her mummy who weren’t obliged to do anything “but out of their own good heart, they wanted to share.”
“A simple gesture like that really made our night much more memorable! It is definitely a great learning point for Elly, and a reminder for us to always be kind to other people,” she says.
The grateful mum adds, “Now looking back, it wasn’t the lanterns, lights or flowers that made my night, it was their generosity!”
Cheers to sweet little good samaritan!
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