And now, a break from the anger, hatred and everything that’s going on in the world, to appreciate this story about a girl who is giving out free lemonade to first responders in Dallas.
The day after five Dallas police officers were shot and killed while protecting a protest in downtown Dallas, a Wimberley girl gave back to first responders.
Chloe Diaz, 7, usually sells her lemonade to friends, family and neighbors. On Friday, she offered free lemonade and free hugs to first responders.
“They save our country so that’s why I did that,” Chloe said.
Six deputies showed up to enjoy a cool drink in the summer heat. The deputies showed Chloe and her siblings the inside of a deputy’s vehicle.
“It means the world to us. It shows us that everybody is here for us, and I appreciate it, and we’re here for them,” said Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Ray Helm.
Chloe is raising money for Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, but wanted to help all first responders after Thursday’s shooting.
“It pulls on your heart a little bit to see the love and support that we have, especially in this community,” said Coy Perez, Chloe’s father.
For Chloe, it is a simple gesture of gratitude. Sometimes it truly is the smallest things that end up making the biggest impact.
Not unlike last week’s story of a young boy who was selling history lessons in lieu of lemonade, this girl reminds us there is hope for the future. Turns out everyone isn’t an ignorant, race-baiting asshat with an axe to grind. Plenty of Americans are wonderful people with open, loving hearts and clear minds.
It’s only human to look for the bright spots after such senseless tragedies. There is nothing anyone can say about the “bigger picture” or “reason for everything” that will erase the violence perpetrated by actual hatred. But it really must be noted, as little Chloe has here, that during and after tragedies, people do amazing, wonderful things. Even if it is just a small gesture like handing out lemonade.
So yes, the world is going to hell. Yes, the world is going mad. But it isn’t quite there yet. Little angels like Chloe will keep our heads and hearts aloft, inspiring us with her small but glowing acts of kindness.
God bless you Chloe. And God bless everyone like you.