In truth, we rarely know whether someone’s observation of our behavior, conversations about our values, or discussions of our charity will be a “seed” which sprouts into like action by someone else. A foster parent recently shared an experience that brought them great joy. This foster parent had requested that their foster child be placed in the temporary care of another while they took an emergency respite from caregiving. The arrangements were made by House of New Hope and the foster parent was unaware of who his child was temporarily placed with. One night, the foster child became very ill and was taken to the hospital by the respite provider. The foster parent, learning of the hospital visit, immediately went to see his foster child in the emergency room where, as luck would have it, met the respite provider and was unbelievably surprised!
Many years earlier, the foster parent had spoken to the respite provider about the virtues of foster caregiving and making differences in the lives of at-risk children. So moved by what she had heard, the respite provider eventually made the decision to become a licensed foster parent and has never regretted the decision. During their hospital meeting, the respite provider shared with the foster parent that it was because of the discussion that they had had years ago which caused the respite provider to become a licensed foster parent and, by that time, having cared for more than 25 children.
It’s a great reminder that we never know when the “seeds” we plant will actually take root and grow to be a strong and healthy plant. Whether we are talking about our influence over the foster children that we may find challenging at times or a person who watches a foster parent providing the special care that only a foster parent can give, keep sowing seeds!