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A Random Act of Kindness
About a month ago, my friend Christine brought me over this jar of cinnamon because she knows I bake with cinnamon a lot - and she did it just to be nice! I thought about the cinnamon and how I could use it this summer to find a “teachable moment” with my boys. I have always talked about kindness with them, and it’s been one of my goals since they were little to teach them to be kind to other people. I know as a parent, I often second guess myself, but I am truly proud of how kind my boys are to other people.
But I also thought that it would be pretty great if we could use this cinnamon as our little symbol for kindness this summer and we could watch it grow into something bigger. So at dinner tonight, we talked about how Christine brought it to me just because she knows I love to bake. She did this just to be kind. I explained that this was a random act of kindness. Then we talked about what each of us in this family can do to reach out or bring a little happiness to someone else. We had a big brainstorming session, and the boys came up with these ideas:
Drew is spending his own money to buy flowers for someone in the hospital we live near. He wants to drop them off at the information desk and ask a volunteer to give them to someone who needs them.
Jack wants to visit an ice cream stand near our home and pay for someone’s ice cream with his own money.
Sam wants to make a women who lives alone in our neighborhood some cheerful cards throughout the year.
My husband and I came up with some things we thought the boys could relate to. Alan is going to hide some dollar bills in children’s library books and return them to the library so that the next child who checks it out gets a pleasant surprise. I told the boys I would buy a bunch of glow sticks that they could pass out at the park where we watch fireworks on July 4th.
And here’s what we’re hoping now: that maybe after reading this, you too will be inspired. If you’ve got a random act of kindness that you’ve recently done or are planning to do, just reblog this post and tell your story - and see how far it’ll go!
They boys and I would really be touched if we could spread a little kindness your way and beyond.
There are just three things I would add to this:
- My wife is a far, far kinder person than I am, and my kids are kind because she’s teaching them to be kind. Any kindness I have is because they hug me and it rubs off a little.
- My original idea for the library books was to hide slices of cheese.
- You should do this and reblog about it because it’s fun and you’ll love yourself a bit more when you do. Doesn’t have to be something huge or earth-shattering. It just has to be kind, which is absurdly simple.
Today is National Donut Day! Our grocery store has really cheap donuts, so we’re going to pick some out right now and then we’re going to have a donut picnic in the park.
I love summer!
(delicious donut picnic GIF by Burbanked [my husband!])
AW YEAH DONUTS
(hope they save
six a few for me!)
Anonymous asked: do you like movies?
May 27, 2013 - Drew, you may not wear superhero costumes anymore, but you have grown into a real superhero…
Following a weekend eatapaloozafest celebrating my son Drew’s 10th birthday, my wifey has posted a pair of pictures of his Captain America shield-cake that she made, as well as a rather wonderfully-written tribute to his superhero-like personal qualities.
You should hit the link above and read it if you feel like staining your keyboard or mobile device with awestruck tears of humble, grateful joy, as I do.
It’s not pretty to be reduced to blubbering while at one’s desk at work, away from one’s family. But I’m willing to do it on selected* occasions.
*usually between 2:15 - 2:42 each day
May 19, 2013 - We are having a big Memorial Day family celebration to celebrate Drew’s 10th birthday…
Happy Memorial Day, U.S.-based Tumblr-Pals! Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend. As my lovely betrothed mentions above, we’re hosting a birthday party for Son #2, and at his party I plan to:
- Eat seven hotdogs
- Drink six-point-two cans of sodie pop
- Cake. Chips and dip. Cake and dip. Chips and cake. Dip and dip.
- Take any leftovers from that red and blue icing, smear it all over myself to fashion a Superman suit, climb up onto my roof, and recreate moments from the Man of Steel trailer for my family and friends. No need to thank me, Warner Bros.!
- IT WILL BE EPIC.
Could you finish an entire Lumberjack Slam?
My family visited our neighborhood Denny’s this weekend past.
My 12-year-old son did, in fact, finish an entire Lumberjack Slam.
He is not - so far as I know - an actual lumberjack.
I am hoping that Denny’s sends him a plaid shirt.
For he has earned it.
May 9, 2013 - I like to take Jack’s piano teacher treats whenever I can. She is a real firecracker…
Here are the reasons - although not all of the reasons - why you should click over to my wife’s Tumblr and start following her immediately:
- She posts amazing pictures of baked goods
- THAT SHE MADE WITH HER OWN TWO PERFECT HANDS
- It’s Mother’s Day weekend and she posted these cute little Mother’s Day cupcakes and she’s my kids’ mom and they are awesome and she’s really the most amazing person alive
- She tells great stories about how and why she bakes what she does and what it means in the greater context of life, the universe and everything
- My oldest son has started taking pictures for her site and he’s absurdly good at it
- She will not let me go out to the movies anymore until her followers increase at the rate of 15% weekly
Please. Won’t you just think about the movies? How am I going to get to the movies unless you help?
My 2013 Movies: 42 (2013, at the theatre)
You’ll find nothing extraordinary here; you’ll find no surprises or conflicts that are more than skin-deep. You’ll find serviceable, occasionally community-theatre-like performances*, a thoughtful yet superficial biopic treatment that neither discourages discourse nor provokes it.
But what you will find is a rather perfect movie to bring two** of your sons to so that they can learn something rather simple and meaningful about the world, and the sport they love.
And that made it worth it.
(image via Rope of Silicon)
* 2013 Best Performance by Outrageously Furry Eyebrows: Harrison Ford.
** if you’ve been paying attention, you may remember that I have three sons. My oldest 1) was performing in a choral concert when the rest of us went to the movies and - more importantly - 2) could not possibly be dragged to a movie about baseball.
I received this in the mail from my parents over a month ago and - naturally - immediately submitted it to The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. I don’t know if they’ll run it there or not, but it gives me a chuckle every time I see it here in my Drafts folder, so I figured I might as well share it with you.
Thanks, “mom” and “dad”.