, Corbin, KY

November 13, 2013

A thank you to Corbin during trick-or-treating, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — They came as Superman and cowgirls, ghouls and alligators, Duck Dynasty guys and princesses of all kinds. They all swooped in to downtown Corbin on Halloween and, as my grandfather used to say, “and a good time was had by all.” As just one parent of an 8-year-old ninja can testify — thank you Corbin businesses!

A simple kindness can change the world — one child at a time. Kindness isn’t “nice-ness.” Being nice is just giving people what they want so you can go on to something else. Being kind is doing something completely unselfish (even a small token) for someone else’s good. Having a safe place to trick-or-treat, free from cars and danger, including a police-presence, sacrificing $20-$30 for candy or Halloween trinkets (or as we used to call it… a little “happy”), to bless my own boy-ninja and so many more children… will not be forgotten.

Cap Dugger, a long-time resident of Corbin, was known to say, “You do something for an adult and they will soon forget it, but when you do something for a child — they will never forget.” That’s what happened on Halloween in Corbin… simple kindness. Businesses sacrificing profit to offer a small gift and a smile. Many children or parents may not have said “thank you” — but we will never forget.

Many years ago, us kids (now grownups) knew kindness when we saw it. Asking children what they thought about something, validating their worth by including them, graciously giving them a token of care, telling them they are special and loved, keeping them safe from harm, giving them roots to grow and wings to soar, and bringing them up in the word and the grace of God. I’m thankful I had those kind of adults helping me grow back in “the day.” We grew up better for their care and sacrifice.

Jesus says in Matthew 10:42, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” It may have cost you some time and cut into your profits for the night, but your gift was well received. And your reward will be remembered.

Thank you, Corbin. We will not forget… a smile given, a grace offered, a kindness shared.

Mike Anderson,