Children have an incredible ability to see the things that we adults are blind to, and teach us lessons that we never even knew we needed to learn.
One instance of this in action is the following story, shared to Imgur yesterday, by a very proud mother-of-two.
The unnamed woman took to the photo-sharing site to post an image of her four-year-old son, curled up in his Sesame Street bed, behind what appears to be a screen.
She went on to explain that she, her husband and their two children (they are also parents to a two-year-old) have been living in a modest one-bedroom apartment for the past three years.
The couple have been feeling a little guilty of late, however, with their four-year-old son asking for his own room.
“Unfortunately, with my husband fresh out of college with a minimum salary supporting all of us, it hasn’t been the easiest to move out, as moves tend to be costly,” she explained, confirming why her little one has not been able to get the room he so desires.
Things took a turn for the better recently, however, when a friend of the family gave them their old toddler bed, and the poster went on to create a corner ‘room’ for her little one.
Modest as it may be, the little boy was overjoyed to finally have a space of his own: “He said he was going to make phone calls to his friends in his own room and just planned out how he was going to decorate it.”
While his happiness was touching, it filled this mother with mixed emotions; while she felt ‘so blessed’ to have made her child happy with such a simple gesture, she couldn’t help but feel ‘embarrassed’ – for a reason that many of us can relate to.
“I always complained and compared my life to everyone else who seemed to be doing so much better, and never really counted the blessings in my life. I wanted to never forget this moment and thought I’d share this,” she added.
It’s obvious that she wasn’t the only one profoundly affected by the story – hundreds of Imgur users have taken to the post to share similar stories and encouraging messages to this mum-of-two.
We can all learn a valuable lesson from this little boy and his family.