This short and simple story has a profound truth to teach all who care to understand it.
A young girl was very late in coming home from school. Her mother watched the clock nervously and with growing concern. Finally she arrived. Her mother, nearly frantic at that point, hugged her daughter, and after giving her a thorough appraisal and realizing nothing appeared to be wrong, demanded, "Where were you? What took you so long? Haven't I told you to be home by 4 o'clock?"
The girl answered her mother's first question, "I was at Mary's house." "And what was so important that you couldn't get home on time?" her mother scolded. Her daughter replied, "Her favorite doll got broken."
"Did you break it?" the mother asked. When her daughter shook her head "No," she then asked, "Could the doll be fixed?" Again, the girl replied with a "No." Both bewildered and frustrated, the mother asked a third time, "So what was the point of staying so long?"
Tears began to well up in the little girl's eyes and stream down her face under her mother's inquisition. "I helped her cry," she said softly.
Sometimes, the only really important thing is to help others cry and give them a shoulder to lean on!