My kidÂ never ceases to amaze me.Â Â He says the funniest stuff (“Daddy, I’m not going to like you today.Â Today I’m goingÂ to only like mommy.”).Â Â He doesÂ funnny thingsÂ like dancingÂ “the robot.”Â Â The amazingÂ part, however,Â is his willingness to give stuff away.Â Â Sure, he’ll neverÂ give away his Thomas the TankÂ EngineÂ® crap, but heÂ is still willing to part withÂ items that belong to him.Â I, being the proud poppa that I am,Â want to toot his little train whilstle for him becauase he won’t toot his own.
For or the last week or so we started to prepare our boyÂ for giving some of hisÂ new and used thingsÂ away.Â Surprisingly he was on board with the idea from day one.Â We told himÂ he wasÂ going toÂ giveÂ some of his clothes,Â shoes, bedding, and toys toÂ The Salvation Army, a long time charity ofÂ ours.Â (The kid can say pterodactyl with no problem, butÂ if you ask him toÂ say Salvation Army you getÂ aÂ word that may justÂ mean somethingÂ in Kazakhstan.)Â Anyway,Â he helped his mother bag up all ofÂ his donations into what ended up beingÂ seven garbage bags and a car seat, then we crammed into our little blue HyundaiÂ and trudgedÂ for an hour to our destination.Â Once there my little man marched a bag of blankets and bumpersÂ into the warehouseÂ and handedÂ it over with a huge, adorableÂ smile.Â The staff was very friendly to him, whichÂ we liked a lot.Â Afterwards we talked about all of the people that his donation would help and he was so proud.Â
Before he went to bed he asked about all of the kids that would be wearing his clothes and playing with his toys.Â In response he got a fantastic story about happy children and loving parents.Â He went to bed smiling.Â It was a reallyÂ good day andÂ a great lesson was learned by all of us.Â I can’t waitÂ until Christmas.Â
Hey AA Dad â€“
I loved this post! Especially the image of your son making his way up to the counter with the bag of donations. And then the bedtime story…too sweet!
I regularly donate to the Salvation Army (partly b/c of my packrat tendencies!) and have been encouraging my four year old to donate with me as well by giving away the toys and clothes she doesn’t use. She was a little stingy about it at first (much to my disappointment), but she’s used to it now. I think our youger kids will learn from the example too.
I think the best way to encourage a philanthropic spirit in our kids is to start them young. And in an era when so many of us are more fixated on making sure the kid looks cute in their Baby Phat, Sean John, etc., it’s so good to know there are still others who care about making sure kids who are in need can receive.
Love your insight. Hope you don’t mind being added to my blogroll.
For many reasons, I know our children will recognize each other across a crowded room. When others are giving the nod, ours will be truly connecting.
By the way, does Devin need a Parasauralaphus? (How the heck does one spell that, anyway?)