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day 84: little celebrations, and a winner

April 26, 2011

On Day 84, a holiday from preschool, we were fortunate enough to be invited on a picnic playdate by one of my son’s friends.  When this little girl, C, realized that she would be unable to attend my child’s fifth birthday party next weekend, she asked her mother if they could host their own party for him.

C helped her mother make a picnic lunch of two different types of sandwiches (unsure which my son would prefer, she packed both), fruit, cheese, juice boxes, and — the pièce de résistance — tiny, sprinkled cupcakes.  All of this was stashed in coolers and loaded into C’s mother’s car, along with C’s two younger siblings.

I found this small act of generosity so touching.  I thought about C’s busy mother, already responsible for three little girls, carefully preparing my son’s picnic celebration with her daughter.  Though I don’t know her well, I imagined her thought process:  This is a chance to teach my children that giving feels good.  Even in the midst of life’s mad flurry, she seized such a chance.

Watching her pink, bow-bedecked girls play with my somehow-always-dirty little men, C’s mother and I talked about books.  When I mentioned a recent favorite (Room, by Emma Donogue), C’s mother said she hadn’t read it.  I impulsively grabbed it out of my trunk, knowing it had just been returned to me by another friend, and gave it to her.

As I mentioned, I don’t know C’s mother well — I only know that she is a voracious reader — so I’m unsure whether or not she’ll enjoy Emma Donogue’s sensitive, nuanced portrayal of a four year-old boy’s relationship with his mother.  Regardless, I was compelled to give her something in exchange for the kindness she showed my son.

Today, I hope you seize the chance to enjoy a tiny sprinkled cupcake or a sun-soaked afternoon.  Thank you, always, for showing up.

Now, on to the exciting results from yesterday’s sub-project, Pay it Forward.  Many thanks to Barb, Dawn, and Melissa for throwing their names in the hat as ambassadors of giving.  Thank goodness for random selection — I know all of you would’ve done a lot of good with the $25.00 gift card.  I know all of you do a lot of good every day.   Anyhoo, here is a photo of my unbiased random selection mechanism (AKA child-decorated coffee mug):

And here is the slip of paper I drew:

In case you can’t see it in the photo, the slip of paper I drew has an M written on it — congratulations, Melissa!  I’ll send the gift card off in the mail today, and please let me know what you end up doing with it.  Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Melissa Hawley permalink
    April 26, 2011 1:26 pm

    Hooray! I am so excited about this project. I can’t wait to get the kids working on this with me. Thank you!!

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