As the holidays approach (all too rapidly), I think about all that we have and how lucky we are. We have 3 healthy, happy, smart kids. We have a house. We have ample water, closets full of clothes, cabinets full of food. The kids have books and toys and art supplies. We get to go camping and swimming and mow the lawn at our leisure... we can sit by the fire and have a "movie night" with buttery popcorn. We get to deck the halls and bake pies.
No, we don't make oodles of money. We don't really take vacations beyond pitching a tent by the lake. We don't own a boat (not yet). The kids don't wear the latest fashions and I don't buy much of anything for myself. We live paycheck to paycheck. But that's ok. We're happy and all our needs are met. Yes, we have wants... but we have all we need.
There are many who do need. Many who lack even the basic necessity of clean water or the means to feed their family or educate their children.
The holidays are the season of giving, and this year, we're going to give more. Not so much to our own children or each other - we have enough... but to a worthy cause and our hearts will be happier and our pie will taste sweeter and we'll sing Christmas songs with a little more gusto and snuggle by the fire...
Kiddo no. 1 is a spitfire. She's tenacious, she's smart, she's athletic, she's driven... She also has a very tender heart....
Global warming is a big concern for her... so are all the people who don't have clean water... and kids who can't go to school... but what brings her to tears every time? The Polar Bears. She wants to save the Polar Bears.
She wants us to take action. She wants us to yell it from the roof tops. She wants us to take signs in to stores and stage protests... I admire her, but I'm not sure about walking in to our local Kroger with protest signs and chanting and yelling for the customers to conserve energy and water and stop wasting things and stop buying things... that they need to help the Polar Bears!
A more gentle approach.... A compromise...
We made cards for her to give out while Trick-or-Treating. One for the Polar Bears, one for the Tigers, and one for the White Rhinos.
I couldn't be more proud of her.... oh... the things to come.... :D
A work in progress