Day 8 – Wednesday
At our kids’ school, we have Grandparent’s Day right before the kids get out for Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful presentation of recitations and songs from grades 1-8. By itself, it’s impressive and moving… but that’s not all. Families go from the auditorium to a banquet room that is chock full of “semester projects”. To me, these are the true highlight of the event. Masterpieces ranging from a Leggo carousel to a pictorial display of a father-son fishing trip, These projects represent things for which the kids are passionate.
This year, Slow Walker and Speed Police painted watercolors and Sister Save-A-Lot put together “Manna Packs”. They were little brown paper sacks adorned with a cute informative sticker and filled with snacks that people can keep in their car and give to someone they see that is in need. She made around 100 for people to take and use.
So, as we contemplated our service idea for the day, we drove by a homeless man and lamented the fact we had no Manna Packs in our car. It is agony to stop next to someone in need (even if they might be scamming for money at the red light… they still are in need)… not only for my kids, but for me. Dishing out the dough is tough. Sharing some sustenance for the day, we can do.
Day 9 – Thursday
Our project today has been staring us in the face for the last few weeks. We have a neighbor on our block whose house is for sale. We were so sad when they moved. The house has been leased for the last year or 2, but that sweet family decided to head home to Australia. Since then, our friends, the owners, have decided to put it on the market to sell.
“What do y’all think about cleaning up the neighbor’s yard?” I tell the kids.
Slow Walker was all over that.. anything involving a rake or broom.
“How will they know we helped?” one asked.
“That’s the beauty of it. They won’t know.”
“Ooohhh…” Believe it or not they liked that better.
The leaves here in Dallas are just now in full Fall, so their yard has been chock full of tree debris. When one of the kids saw someone looking at the house, we thought we could help by cleaning the yard a bit.
Those things are going to be a bear in the spring when they’re saplings!
Tunes to make the job more fun.
I love that they’re creative
The epitome of whistling while you work.