I have been asked many times if my son is learning anything about giving as I “give” back to the world every day. The answer is simple – absolutely! We were reading a book two days ago that was talking about the planet and ways we could help protect it. I asked him to tell me some of the things we did together to give back to the planet and he was able to name 4 different ways we give. Yeh!
Today’s give was initiated and insisted upon by my son. His Grandmother was returning home from a long trip and he want to do something very special to welcome her home. . He has come along with me on this 365 days journey and he is finding the ways he can participate in a daily “give” without even knowing it.
Day 274: Give 274
2 years ago my mother came to live with us. She had just gone through kidney cancer surgery and needed the support of her family close buy. We had a house with a suite and a 2 year old grandson that would help make her recovery one that was filled with love. My son and my mother have a very special bond. He adores her as much as she adores him. You always hope your kids will have an opportunity to spend time with their Grandparents and share a special connection with them. Each year my mother travels back to Ontario (her home before moving to Vancouver) for an extended period of time to visit family and friends. My son really misses her. He can’t wait for the day she comes home so they can make breakfast together and paint.
We had been counting the “sleeps” until she returned and the day before she came home we were out gardening when he decided we needed to give “GranJan” as she is called, a very special gift. He wanted to pick fresh flowers from our garden to bring to the airport when she arrived. I thought this was a great idea and even better that is wasn’t prompted by me at all. My son was learning the art of giving in small ways. We could file this give under A Small Act of Kindness or A Random Act of Kindness.
I am just thrilled my son is learning to give.
How are you teaching you kids to give? Share a story with us!
Time Commitment: 10 minutes to cut and wrap flowers
Cost: 0 right from our garden