Sunday, November 04, 2007

meg says the darndest things


"when i grow up, i am going to be the first woman president." thoughtful pause. "i am going to do a lot of bowling."

The Girls & i spent an hour this afternoon doing one of our favorite things - shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child! nothing beats overstuffing boxes full of toys, toothbrushes, socks & candy knowing that it will be given to a child somewhere in the world who would go without this christmas...except for maybe seeing understanding dawn in the eyes of my girls as they realize that they are so, so rich - and that giving is really a delight. there are so many bigger issues than christmas presents in the developing world, i know - clean water, access to healthcare & education, safety - and i give my resources to those, too. but as a mom, this is one way i can begin educating my girls about the broader world, helping them learn that we are responsible for one another as human beings. and i know how a kid lights up when they get a gift that's just for them...i think the feeling that someone, somewhere, just might care could be life changing. i think our shoeboxes carry more than stickers. i think they carry hope & love. this week is collection week! if you've not done it, fill a shoebox and drop it off at a collection site!

5 comments:

kristine said...

i know frankie got to deliver some shoeboxes while living in equador. she said it was amazingly unforgetable. what a gift that would be, to be able to had them out. wow.

Sarah said...

Where did you pick up your hope and love for your boxes? I checked at the Target, but they were sold out...

Anonymous said...

there are lots of other needs ...even more important ones, but the most precious things happen in the margins of life and a gift is a margin kind of moment. i am proud of you - and if i were president i would bowl a lot too. me

rachel said...

maybe you were in the wrong section, sarah...it's over by the sewing stuff...

Anonymous said...

that is false information--hope and love can only rarely be purchased. and when they can, then only at a liquor store.