Lately on Facebook I have been seeing people daily post what they are thankful for.
It's been neat to see what they focus on each day.
I began to think about what I would post, had I started from the first day of November.
I find myself to be stuck.
How do I begin to describe thankfulness for the things we all take for granted? Thankfulness for food, clothing, shelter, safety, love, choices, opinions, faith, religion, education, friends, family, neighbors, pets, health, and so many other things are just expected to be there.
I want our kids to begin to understand life a little more. They are so sheltered in our own situation that they don't quite see the big picture. And in some ways it's good to let the kids be naive, just let them have peace for a while, no worries. On the other hand, they need to learn to think about other people's needs and how they might be able to help out in some way.
I've been wanting to do a service project with them for a while, so when my neighbor mentioned that the day before Thanksgiving they were going to help pass out food at the school she works at, I knew that this was something to participate in.
Here are my kids and my neighbor's kids, sans one, after the work was done.
Sal had onion duty. He helped with putting onions in people's bags.
We have no other photos, but Ellie, Joey and I passed out booklets to the kids.
When the booklets were gone we moved to a few other various jobs to help out.
It was an awesome experience that I felt so lucky to help out with. I also had mixed emotions because people were saying thank you, and I didn't feel that I had done anything other than pass out food, offer a smile, and say Happy Thanksgiving. Others had organized, planned, and supplied a truck load of food. We just passed it out.
When we were leaving that morning, I had Joey (with his backside soaked because he went down a slide that was wet), crying that he didn't pass out food! I tried to help him understand that even though he didn't pass out food, we did so many other things to help.The car ride had a pungent aroma of onions thanks to Sal's hard work. And in my mind I was thinking of the next project we could help out with...maybe a beach clean up day!
The best part came when we were going home and Salvatore said, "Thanks Mom for taking us to help out today, I want to do it again."
Melt my thankful heart!
(cheesy, but true)