So I told you I would share in my journey of spreading some love and positivity this year. I have to admit its a little uncomfortable to share the journey – again, I’m not looking for pats on the back I just feel that now more then ever with all the negativity spreading around social media, we need to be the good we want to see in the world.
I was thinking about what might be a good first project for me to take on this month – one that the whole family could get involved in. After a little brain storming I decided to have the kids to help me make and deliver valentines day cards to the residents of our local Good Samaritan Center. It took a little bit of planning, I knew I couldn’t just say “hey kids we are going to sit down and make 66 valentines day cards!”. Their attention spans would have probably gotten them through about three maybe. So I did some research on my craft mecca otherwise known as Pinterest and got 10 or 11 different designs. I pre-cut all the patterns to make it easier for the smaller ones and then every night for a week the whole family (including my wonderful hubby) would sit down and we would each put together 2 or 3 valentines. It worked out pretty good to have patterns which gave them direction but still allowed them to make them their own.
I will admit there were days that the kids didn’t want to sit down and make the valentines – they would have rather watched TV or played Mario Cart – but that’s why it is so important to me to involve them. This is teaching them so many lessons. We talked a lot about giving their time for others graciously and with a cheerful heart as well as how much it might mean to someone to get a homemade valentine who maybe hasn’t gotten one in a while. Plus I knew when the kids saw the smiles on the resident’s faces after they had given them their card – it would make the fruits of their labors that much sweeter.
And it was sweet.
We were all a little nervous to deliver the cards – it brings you a bit out of your comfort zone to go out and talk to people you don’t know. I knew the residents would enjoy seeing the kids and getting the cards, I just didn’t know (and neither did they) how much the kids would enjoy giving them. Everyone who received a card was so appreciative and happy – I could see the excitement building up in my kids as we walked around delivering them. I felt like they really got to experience first hand that they had made a positive impact, that even they had the power to make a difference in someone’s day. It was so much fun, so uplifting and the perfect way to start our journey.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Go out there and spread the love!