I love this idea. I am one of those parents who tell their kids, "Eat everything because there is some kid in a very poor part of the world who has nothing to eat right now." Or if my son's jacket gets ripped or dirty and he throws a fit, I tell him "There is a poor kid in another part of the world who is so cold he wishes he could have your ripped/dirty jacket." Hopefully the idea sinks in.
This is my first post, so I'll start off with celebrating the snowfall. That's right. I am celebrating the snow! Here's why...
My neighbors are in their 70s and one of them has chronic bronchitis and the other has a bad cold. A cold for a senior in the middle of winter is a pretty serious thing, and although they normally shovel their own snow, they waited this storm out -- which was a smart thing since we got 8-10 inches in our town, which is a lot in North Bergen. They waited for the kids to come around to pay them to shovel, but they were MIA yesterday, at least on my block. (These guys really should get business cards.) My neighbors waited for them as long as they could, and then eventually went out to shovel.
As my husband and I were shoveling snow yesterday evening, we heard their coughing and sneezing. My neighbor was so sick from her cold that she lost her voice. Being the fit "kids" we are (I'm hitting 40 this year), we offered to help them with their shoveling so they can go inside and not get any sicker. It wasn't back breaking work, just more snow than we normally shovel. Good thing the snow was soft and light and it wasn't raining or even the least bit windy. Aside from the sore legs and lower back, it was no biggie.
Anyway, here are the things I want to celebrate:
- Being fit enough to shovel my sidewalk and driveway and that of my neighbors for two days straight.
- Not needing to go to my boot-camp class because of all the shoveling I did this week. (Also shoveled on Monday) I think shoveling, with the squatting and lifting, is more of a workout than any boot camp class I've ever taken.
- Setting an example for my kids about helping those in need, especially the elderly.
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