Thursday, December 06, 2012
I have always tried to teach my children the importance of giving. Not just during the holidays, but all year long. It took awhile for my youngest (we call her Bebe) to understand why we were donating her old clothes/toys to Goodwill, as well as Mommy and Daddy's items. Every time we drive by the donation spot, she asks about the toys and why the kids don't have any..
This holiday season we have taken on a lot. We are hosting a Toy Drive party on Saturday for a local charity (NW Impact). So, last weekend we went shopping for items. It upset Bebe at first that we were getting the toys but they weren't for her. After explaining that some children don't have any toys, she had a blast (and went a little crazy) picking items out. That trip was a success!
I also took tags off a tree at work for the local Native American foster children. So we went shopping for that last night. I explained to Bebe that these were for children that didn't have a mommy or daddy. She had a real hard time understanding that.. She wanted to know if they had a sister then (since she does), I told her I wasn't sure, maybe some of them do. She also asked if they have a Tara (my best friend that lives with us and who is like an aunt), I told they probably don't. She wanted to know if I was going to get them a mommy and daddy.. By this time, I was trying not to cry. I told her we would get some things that the little kids asked for.
One of the tags was for a 5yo girl. She wanted books to learn to read and to have read to her. Since Bebe loves books, I had her help me pick them out. Then, she asked me who would read them to the little girl.. Her pretend mommy? I didn't know what to say..
Now that I am broke... I am glad that my oldest understands that it isn't about what we get but what we give and my youngest appreciates quality over quantity. I hope with everything I have that these two will continue on this path. That they will carry compassion all year long, not just the holidays.