Thursday, December 5, 2013

Days 3, 4, 5 and 6

Our kindness advent has been so much fun!  It's been great doing for others rather than doing for ourselves. What's been even greater?  Seeing Gabe's excitement as he learns how much fun it is to be kind to others.

Day 3.

Our day three act of kindness was delivering cookies to the police station.  Gabe was so excited to go to the police station!  And the officer that was there to receive the cookies was so sweet.  She repeatedly thanked Gabe, told him what a sweet boy he was and even gave him a Junior Police Officer.  It was such a pleasant experience and I really want Gabe to learn to trust and respect our public service officers that I think this will become a regular activity for us.  

Day 4.

Sending care packages.  What's more fun than receiving mail?  Sending it!

Day 5.

Buying the person's drink in the car behind us.  Gabe had his milk in his drink holder when we pulled into Starbucks.  The usual "mommy get a drink?" and my usual answer of yes was accompanied with pure excitement when I told him we were going to surprise the car behind us with a drink too.  Gabe loves surprises.  He's getting the whole idea of "it's better to give than receive" and his excitement was palpable as the barrista caught a little bit of Gabe's cheer when she saw just how high the excitement level was in our car. Sharing smiles.  Sharing coffee.  That's Gabe.

Tomorrow is Day 6.  Gabe and I will be delivering cards to a nursing home a few streets away from our house.  We spent the evening with my nephews and they helped us with making the cards.

Twenty-five handmade cards ready to go spread some Christmas cheer.  And these cards are fun; Christmas trees, stars, smiley faces, hand prints, Mario and Luigi drawings... Jake, Sam and Gabe covered all the Christmas topics. 

"For it is in giving that we receive."
St. Francis of Assisi

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