Sep 2, 2005

Kids are so smart

Last night we taught the girls a lesson. And it wasn't the "this is why you don't run with scissors," "this is why you don't put your hair in your 'little kitchen' blender," or the "this is why you don't eat the cat's food" lesson. We taught them a lesson in love, community, humanitarianism, and caring--we donated about 25% of their playroom to the children of Louisiana. Claire wasn't totally enthused about sacking away her toys in an industrial-sized garbage bag, but Jenna began to understand about halfway through the process. She went from, "No! That's mine, mom! I need to keep it!" to "Here, mommy. Give this to the little kids--I don't need it." I was, and am, so proud of her. She started bringing me toys that I hadn't even considered donating, and saying, "Mommy, give this to a little girl without toys." She handed me several things that are practically new. Then I started feeling bad, because several times, I caught myself saying, "But Jenna, are you sure?" Then I realized that I was being taught a lesson by a 3 year old. So I just shut my piehole and let her put whatever she wanted in the donation bag. We're loading up the truck tonight, and driving the stuff to a donation center. Having a tragedy like this occur so close to home, you start to realize how much "stuff" you have that you don't need.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have goose bumps. That is very sweet.
--Nikki

Lisa said...

I truly believe kids hearts are bigger than they are. What a sweet child you have! I know mine teaches me more than I teach him.

darkness said...

wow...that is beautiful. great blog

Sara said...

Oh Steph, that is so wonderful and sweet. And a great idea....

Mamma G said...

I had been thinking about having Molly do that with me and she protested of course so I dropped the issue.
You just gave me a lesson on persistency. Thank you!