Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To Whom Much is Given...

What a day! 

A day like no other. 

I plan to be GLUED to the TV. If I were 20 years younger 
I'd be in the middle of that mass of humanity but alas, 
now I prefer in-door plumbing, a cozy couch and TV 
close ups.

Yesterday the offspring and I participated in a community 
service event. We decorated bags that would be filled with 
hygiene items for women and children in shelters. As we 
were driving away I decided it was time to talk with the 
children about service and giving and helping those who 
are 'less fortunate'. (An awfully sanitized phrase.)

As we drove through the city The Bunny was noticing 
places where someone might sleep for the night. I impressed 
upon them that some of them were mothers and children.

'Mommy where do they sleep?'

I spoke of shelters and old cars and under bridges... things I 
wasn't sure they could comprehend. Gapetto and I have spoken 
many times to the children about cutting back in these times. 
Business has been down but we have always assured them that 
they/we will be alright. We have a cozy home - we have each 
other - we just can't buy things as usual. (You know - they are 
in THAT stage.)

I told them that even when times are tough we must give 
back because what is tough for us looks like heaven to someone 
who is without. We talked about the lottery (the Bunny's solution 
to our financial woes) and I told them that the first thing we 
would do is to open a shelter (or some such) for women 
and children. 

We spoke of all of this for a bit.

For Christmas our friends gave The Dolly and The Bunny each 
$40 - The Bunny had his eyes on some action figure things and 
he and Gapetto ordered them online. The Dolly has been thinking
and thinking about what she REALLY wants to do with hers.

'Mommy?'

'Yes Dolly?'

'I want to give all of my money to the poor.'

Mmmmmmmm.... I have EVERYTHING I need.


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8 Comments:

At January 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Leendaluu said...

What a lovely girl...with a lovely mother who is guiding her development. I've had this converstation with the girls...we have a home, we have food, we have love...we can share.

 
At January 20, 2009 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Oh, Stella! I am in love.

 
At January 20, 2009 at 10:34 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

Aren't you doing a great job teaching them what is important? You are a wonderful mom.

 
At January 20, 2009 at 11:51 PM , Blogger Violet said...

Sweet baby... please pass the Kleenex.

 
At January 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM , Blogger EatPlayLove said...

what a beautiful moment. I love it!

 
At January 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM , Blogger MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

She? LOVELY!

What a day indeed. It's obvious you are doing REALLY good!

 
At January 29, 2009 at 1:54 AM , Blogger Karen said...

When my children were growing up, I was the Girl Scout leader. We delivered boxes of food to the poor families in our city for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We did a lot of other service projects, but that is the one that opened my daughters' eyes the most. They are now in their mid-30's, and still do volunteer work in their respective communities.

Kudos to you for teaching your children to give of themselves to others.

 
At May 27, 2009 at 6:19 PM , Blogger The Sour Kraut said...

Good for her -- and you!

 

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