Monday, 29 February 2016

...... People Mummy, They Are Just People!

I know that everyone is proud of their children, every time Tilly does anything that makes me proud; my heart just wants to melt.  We live in a small corner of the south-eastern part of England and although it is a high poverty hit part of the country, we don’t often see it on the streets like we do in major cities like London.


We went to London on Sunday and she asked me why it keeps happening, why people have to sleep on the streets of London? Why can’t people help them? I can’t answer these questions for her because sometimes I don’t understand homelessness myself!

We arrived in Leicester Square and were dashing towards a cinema, when Tilly said 'Wait Mum!' she took my shopping bag and rummaged through some of my shopping and took out two chocolate bars. She ran over to a door way where there were people huddled up underneath sleeping bags trying to sleep whilst keeping warm on the cold winter morning. She carefully placed a chocolate bar next to each of the people trying to sleep and walked away with such pride in her eyes and a grin so huge! She then took another chocolate bar from my bag and gave it to someone who had just woken up. She then walked back to me and took my hand saying 'Okay, lets go now' 

We went to the cinema and enjoyed our film, we left and went to McDonalds for a treat at lunch time. The town where we live doesn't have a McDonalds so when we go to one, it is such a treat. But we don't often think about how convenient and available it is to us! I had money to go and treat Tilly to lunch, others are not so lucky! When we had finished we walked back to the tube, and she walked past another homeless person holding up a sign made out of a ripped up card. She took an unopened bottle of water from my bag and gave it to him. He was so thankful and again she walked away with a smile as big as the Cheshire cat! 

We headed down the tube and the next stop was St Pancras, But Tilly wasn't finished yet, she saw a busker told me to stop and reached in to her own back pack, took out her purse and rummaged for some coins to give to the busker. When we got on the tube, because I wanted to know how much she actually understood, I asked her 'What do you call a person who lives on the street?' she looked at me like an innocent 5 year old would and she replied with 'People mummy, They're just people'.

It made me realise that she doesn't see them as anything other than the people they are and that she has so much compassion for other people. It made me realise that my little girl is 5 years old and she thinks she can help people that are worse off than her and that she is actively doing something to bring a bit of joy to their lives. When I told my aunt about what she had done, she told me off and said I wasn't to tell anyone about her good deeds (so obviously here I am telling the whole world, because I am so proud). 

This isn't the first time that she has been so kind towards other people, you can read more here and here. I am pretty sure it won't be the last time that she is so kind to people less fortunate than her. She is a pleasure to bring up and I am extremely proud to call her my daughter. 

130 comments :

  1. Aww! Bless her. Tilly is just amazing. You must be so proud of her. She sounds like such a caring young girl x

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  2. How heartwarming - you daughter could be a nurse when she grows up! She has a kind heart x

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  3. how lovely to hear about such kindness and moral thought :-)

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  4. Thank you for posting this, this was truly beautiful <3 Your Tilly is obviously being brought up to be very thoughtful and considerate, you should be proud. This really brought a tear to my eye. x

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  5. Bless her. I hope that is a trait she takes with her into adulthood we need more people like Little Tilly in the world.

    "You don't need a reason to help people",

    Lynsey Buchanan

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  6. Oh thats so lovely, such good values, i hope my boy has the same compassion as he grows up x

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  7. This is so sweet , I love how children do not know the judgement . they see things for what it is. I wish adults saw the same way .

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  8. Aww your little girl is adorable what a lovely read

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  9. Now that has certainly cheered me up today all we hear about is terrible news and this has lifted my spirit up good is still around and you must be so proud

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  10. This bought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful caring and affectionate little girl. You are right to be proud of her (and well done for having so many chocolate bars untouched in your bag by the way!) xx

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  11. What a lovely thoughtful daughter you have. She will grow up to be kind and compassionate so you have done your job as a Mum well.

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  12. Very heart-warming story and you should be proud of your daughter

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  13. Awwww such a great post. Tilly is lovely! Very touching.

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  14. Aww what a lovely little girl. You must be so proud

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  15. Aww bless her. It must be tough being a kid trying to understand how the world works x

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  16. What a great daughter. You must be very proud of her. Sounds like she's just kind and isn't helping to make herself look good. What a wee smasher

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  17. That's so lovely, and thoughtful of her you must be a very proud mum.

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  18. What a beautiful hart your daughter has amazing young lady

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  19. how lovely what a kind little girl you must be so proud

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  20. Your little girl sounds amazing, I hope one day I can be blessed with such a wonderful little person who sees the world just like Tilly. 💜

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  21. It sometimes takes a child to help us open our eyes!

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  22. What a sweet little girl you have - we should all follow her example and do something kind tomorrow

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  23. Bless her, you should be rightly proud. Children are great because they see things in the most innocent and simplistic way without politics, religion, economics or prejudice getting in the way and I love it when my two (aged 5 and 6) keep asking "why?" because even though it can be frustrating it does make you think and realise that (sometimes) there really isn't a very good answer!

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  24. We could all learn a few lessons from Tilly x

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  25. Homelessness in UK set to increase with more attacks on disabled benefits. My boyfriend lives in Los Angeles right now and it's terrifying to see how many homeless people there are there, and they may as well be invisible to people there (except for police who are known to abuse or even kill homeless). I hope we in UK never stop seeing them as people.

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  26. What a beautiful heart Tilly has x

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  27. wow youve very right to be proud, so lovely

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  28. That's what I love about young children, they still have the compassion and curiosity and desire to help others that so many unfortunately lose as an adult

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  29. Lovely read and well done you for writing it, There needs to be more homeless awareness, round by us the churches are doing alot to help x

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  30. what a beautiful kind hearted little girl you are raising.

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  31. wow what a lovely caring girl, you must be so proud

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  32. Such a lovely read! Beautiful girl x

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  33. aaw what a gorgeous little lady you have! They do have a habit of making you all gooey inside from time to time :)

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  34. Such a lovely post, and makes you appreciate the innocents of the world

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  35. We took our boys to london recently too it was so heartbreaking to see the homelessness

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  36. What a lovely story, I bet your little girl made their day. My dad volunteers at a soup kitchen in London and often talks about the background stories of the people he meets. Often a tragic event they have been unable to cope with sends them into a downward spiral they can't climb out of. It just makes you think that it could happen to any one of us if the circumstances dictate it.

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  37. What a wonderfully heartwarming story.
    Your daughter is obviously growing up to be a lovely lady.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Such a lovely way to look at the world! I wish many of us adults still thought the same way.

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  39. Such a lovely story!! Your a lucky mummy :)

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  40. What a caring kind hearted little girl you must be so proud. How lovely to read something so heartwarming x

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  41. What a lovely kindhearted girl you have raised. Sometimes it takes the actions of a child to make us see whats under our nose. Homelessness is a huge problem and yet we are all guilty of just walking by.

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  42. It always takes a child to reveal the truths - I hope my son grows up as caring as your daughter.

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  43. What a lovely little girl you have. Obviously has learned some very positive lessons from those around her :)

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  44. I can see why you are so rightfully proud of Tilly's generosity and kindness. It's just so heartbreaking that we still live in a world that simply doesn't feel a responsibilty to take greater care of those less fortunate and instead strives to be one step ahead of the next person. It would be great if we could all see the world more through the innocent eyes of our children

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  45. I have always been honest to my children about homelessness - as I was once homeless. Both kids will happily give whatever they can to those in need. Lovely to read that your daughter has so much compassion too

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  46. This is such a great post and how sweet is that, you are certainly raising her well :)

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  47. I love stories like this that give hope for a wonderful caring future generation x

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  48. That is so sweet, I love the kids still see things so simply, I wish adults did too.

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  49. Tilly is lovely kind little girl and it brought tears to my eyes the kindness she has shown to those homeless people. Well done Tilly.

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  50. How lovely. She is a credit to you. A better person than most in the world and I hope this kindness continues as she gets older.

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  51. I think it's far to easy to forget the people on our streets. Well done.

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  52. what a lovely story to tell, and you should be so proud to have brought her up that way :)

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  53. What a lovely daughter you have! I wish we could all see the world so openly and honestly as children do sometimes! x

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  54. Lovely, children don't discriminate. She sounds like she'll grow upnto be an empathetic young lady.

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  55. Wow - your daughter sounds such a lovely & kind little girl. You must be so proud. The post was a lovely read & very emotional.

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  56. Aww your little girl is adorable what a lovely read

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  57. What a wonderful daughter you have. Clearly a credit to you. It's nice to read something heartwarming for once with all the awlful things going on in the world xx

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  58. Wow what an amazing little girl. She is right thought they are people, in a world where some have so much, nobody deserves to live with so little.

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  59. Kindness, thoughtfulness, consideration for others - all traits that make a proper human being. Such a shame that most children have these traits knocked out of them by parents too scared to let them go near other people. Well done for Tilly being so good to others, it proves that you are a great parent.

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  60. What a lovely little girl you have. The world would be much better if we never lost that childlike belief that everyone is the same and that will to make things better.

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  61. What a lovely heartwarming story. We do not hear enough of them nowadays

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  62. You have a wonderful daughter, if mine turns out like yours i would be so lucky to have such a beautiful and caring daughter.

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  63. Oh wow she is the perfect little girl how lovely, you must be soo proud of her x

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  64. What a wonderful little girl. Children so often see things with a clarity that grown-ups have lost.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  65. Bless her, as adults we could learn a thing or two from children.

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  66. Your daughter sounds wonderful, I wish we could all be more like children.

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  67. It's a real shame that some adults don't have the compassion and understanding that your little girl already has.

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  68. We should learn from children as they see the world in a different way, sometimes we need some perspective

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  69. How wonderful!,reading your story brought tears to my eyes if everyone could be like your Tilly the world would be a much better place

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  70. What a beautiful story - such a big heart at such a young age :)

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  71. It never ceases to amaze me how perceptive children can be! What a wonderful little girl Tilly is :)

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  72. How lovely, and she will stay as caring as that - it is part if her

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  73. what an inspirational little girl! This is so touching we should all take a page out of her book :)

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  74. That brought a tear to my eye, and yes they are just people. I get told off by my family for helping the homeless. It doesn't mean they are any less of a person because they don't have a home, it makes them as vulnerable as the rest of us. My motto: Everyone is fighting a battle that no one else can see, so be kind - always!

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  75. They say children are a reflection of parents
    . You must be so proud xx

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  76. what a lovely story, she is a credit to you. This just shows how you have done a fabulous job of raising such a thoughtful and caring young lady

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  77. What a lovely story you have a wonderful little girl.

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  78. I have just come back from London and like Tilly felt such sadness towards the people living on the streets. I gave pizza to one man trying to keep warm in a sleeping bag whilst everyone was carrying on with their day. In Brussels I saw several mums and young children in doorways huddled together. This is a huge problem in every country and if Tilly can care so much we as adults should too x

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  79. What a lovely caring child. No wonder you are so proud of your daughter. Too many children today grow up with too many things and don't appreciate what they have and that others have nothing. (ashamed to say mine included)

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  80. wow well done to your daughter.a wonderful display of humanity from someone so young.

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  81. You have every right to be proud of her. I think a lot of children can be caring to others, its just when we get older we get selfish and lose sight of the bigger picture

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  82. Your daughter has a beautiful heart :) Glad to be reminded children hold no hatred and that they can bring more light to the future

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  83. A lovely heart warming story you must be very proud of your daughter!

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  84. wow what a great girl you must be proud

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  85. What a lovely post, I think the world would be a better more loving place if we could look through the eyes of a child. xx

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  86. children have a way with words, that adults loose along the way

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  87. I love stories like this - they really warm my heart and restore my faith in humanity. Well done to your daughter for having such a great attitude.

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  88. What a lovely girl you have! Well done Tilly, :)

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  89. Reminds me of Princess Diana instilling her values in her sons. I hope my grandchildren grow up compassionate.

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  90. How lovely. She is a very kind girl. Very heartwarming.

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  91. A lovely and heartwarming story. Your daughter is a model to which others must aspire :)

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  92. What an amazing compasionate child. I see other parents dragging their children away from homeless people as if they were contagious & it makes me so mad. Any one of us could end up in that situation - it doesn't take much. I bet those people were so amazed that a child could just give to them without hesitatiion. You must be so proud of her.

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  93. Years ago, when we were staying with my parents at their home in Dorset, my son, nephew and I saw a homeless man with his dog and my son was very upset. He said "I don't like that, that poor man and his dog are probably very hungry mummy" so we went into a shop and bought some biscuits and my son and nephew were adamant the dog got some too.
    It's nice when our kids are good little people who see past the surface

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  94. Lovely blog post. I have a daughter the same age as Tilly and I love how simple things are at that age. You see someone in need, you help them. Nothing in between, no barriers. Fantastic.

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  95. Lovely to hear that the young understand so much more than we think they do and show they care by their actions

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  96. That is so sweet, what a nice story

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  97. How sweet, my mum always reminds me that i used to do things like this when i was young.

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  98. She sounds like such a lovely kind hearted girl. You should be very proud xx

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  99. Wow how amazing for someone so young to have already developed such empathy and awareness of others! We should all take note :) Bless her heart x

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  100. Aw, bless her, that's so sweet. Sometimes we need children to remind us of simple things like generosity and kindness.

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  101. She sounds like such a lovely young girl, very caring :)

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  102. We can all learn a lot from Tilly. Lovely story

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  103. aww thats lovely too many adults dont see the homeless as people

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  104. Awww how sweet and kind your little girl is, you must be very proud, if only more people were like this in the world, it would certainly be a much better place x

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  105. What an amazing little girl. I so hope she keeps that attitude throughout life

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  106. If only everyone taught their children such compassion and kindness.. what a beautiful world it would be. Well done Tilly and Mummy xx

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  107. She sounds like a wonderful advocate in the adult views of homelessness! People could really learn a thing or two from our innocent children. My son is the same as Tilly although he is only 3 and will just ask us to give people who he seeing singing or busking in town. I do totally agree with her, they are just people. Normal people in a bad circumstance who can't help themselves out of their situation. You have a wonderful, bright little girl.

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  108. Aww, she's such a lovely girl. You should be so proud, you obviously did a great job with her! :) xx

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  109. what a lovely, heartwarming piece, the world should be as kind as this x

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  110. This is beautiful, I wish there was more love and care around like this.

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  111. What a lovely girl, as a mum you must be very, very proud of Tilly.

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  112. What a wonderful daughter you have. Such a sweet thing to do, I wouldn't keep her actions a secret either!

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  113. I honestly think we have a lot to learn from our children, compassion being the first lesson :)

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  114. its so lovely to see that you have brought you daughter up to be kind, caring and loving, just as my late Mum brought me up. These days if a young child has lovely manners towards me, I always compliment the parents. Manners go a long way xx

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  115. What a beautiful heart your daughter has. I wish that others were like her. What a little cutie pie. You must be one proud mummy and rightly so!! Well done to you too!!

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  116. Very thought provoking, how lovely!

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  117. That's cheered me right up, what a wonderful girl. If only some grown ups were the same.x

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  118. How lovely she sounds a fantastic young lady you must be very proud

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  119. wow your daughter is a wonderful little girl, so sweet.

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  120. Aww how lovely is Tilly!! Im not surprised you're proud :)

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  121. I just read that and it bought a tear to my eye. I am so passionate about helping the homeless and this article has just made me smile. The quote " they are just people" is gorgeous. You have a lovely daughter, she's a real credit to you and shows what an amazing Mum you are to be raising a thoughtful none judgemental child. All credit to you xx

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  122. She sounds amazing, I hope my babies grow up like that, imagine what a wonderful place the World would be if we had more people like her.

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  123. Tilly is such a thoughtful little girl, I bet you are so so proud of her!

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  124. Wow what an amazing little girl you have!

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  125. Your daughter sounds very sweet. It's nice that she doesn't look down on people who are disadvantaged and that she gives to them. It is true that they are still people like us. No wonder you are very proud of your daughter. xx

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  126. what a lovely little girl,fab read,ill be back to read some more

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  127. you must be very proud, what a thoughtful little girl x

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