A few weeks ago Randy had business in Houston, so Randy's sister and I took advantage of the opportunity to take Charlie to NASA Space Center. Charlie was elated to have Miss Debbie visiting, and to be able to spend the night at a hotel with a pool! And oh yes, Miss Debbie took him to a real live baseball game because her favorite team, the Cardinals was playing.
The Space Center was awesome, with games and rides and tours and movies and a museum. Some of the games utilized little Nerf type balls and they were scattered around outside some of the game areas. Charlie picked one up and carried it around for a while - but I did not realize until we got home that it came home with us.
I was tempted to think "it is just a little ball", but it was not right for him to take it, after all. So we sat down and Charlie wrote a letter apologizing for taking the ball and we mailed it back (oh yes, the postage had to come out of his little cup of change that he earns for doing chores).
A week or so later Charlie got a letter from the Space Center thanking him for returning the ball. It was very nice that they took the time to thank him for doing the right thing. I hoped Charlie got the message.
Today there was a package in the mailbox addressed to "Charles and Family". Inside was a very nice letter and a book. The letter was from a David Cisco and the book he wrote titled "Full Circle". (Click on the book title to visit his website). The letter commended Charlie for his honesty, admonished him to always listen to his mom, and invited him to come visit the Space Center again as his guest!
Randy pointed out that Mr. Cisco's email address was at the bottom of the letter and suggested that Charlie could email him a thank you note. "His phone number is here too - I'm going to call him!" and Charlie was off to find the phone. He left a nice message (he's learning!) and no more than hit the Off button on the phone than it rang. Mr. Cisco had called him back!
We will begin reading the book tonight - - especially the story Mr. Cisco pointed out and highlighted about a similar incident when he was a young boy. From a quick glance through the book, I think it will be a great book to read to Charlie. It seems Mr. Cisco worked very hard to overcome adversities in his life, and maybe it will encourage Charlie to work hard as well.
Charlie will now be proud to tell his friends he has a new friend who is a real live astronaut! Think he will remember this little lesson?