~ the couple at my church who show up at a hospital or a classroom and make balloon animals. Not for pay, not for advertising, just for the smiles they create.
~ the man Maddie encountered who stands on a corner and offers hugs to strangers.
~ the two girls Jeffrey and I heard singing in Portland who sounded like nothing so much as a flute duet. They were standing in a mini tunnel creating the most awe-inspiring, swelling sound. They had no hat out, no money to collect. They sang because they could. Because it was beautiful.
~ the high school girl who drew amazing pictures. Who pulled them right off the wall and gave them to Sloane when she admired them.
~ the teacher who stayed after school two days a week, for 7 months, teaching a struggling student to read. No pay, no credit, just a knowledge that children must learn to read, no matter what it takes.
~ the friend who is a magician. Who performed for free at Sloane's birthday party and for my class. Who always takes the time to learn new tricks before we get together; just because it delights us so.
~ the pastor who missed his own birthday dinner because the brother of a co-worker of a church member was in the hospital and the family needed comfort.
~ the neighbor who brings me armfuls of her perfect peonies because I love flowers, but not gardening.
~ the grandpa who is a retired builder and now spends his time building, repairing, and generally being Mr. Fix It for anyone who needs it.
~ the WalMart greeter who loves her job and shows it, not only in her smile, but in the hats and fancy dresses she wears. Every Christmas she's dressed as a Victorian caroler and her Easter bonnets rival those in New York City.
Who do you know with magic in their pockets?
Illustration by LeUyen Pham.