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
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.
'I want to give all of my money to the poor.'
Mmmmmmmm.... I have EVERYTHING I need.