November has always been a gratitude month for me. Maybe it’s because of Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because the holiday season is just around the corner. Every year the children in our family do something kind for others. All of us feel enriched when we add a little light to someone’s life.
This year our kids discussed what kind of goodness they’d like to give to someone. They came up with the idea of making awards. (Our little granddaughter had just received a citizenship award at the school so it was on her mind.)
They brainstormed the kind of awards they could give:
• Smiling Award
• Happiness Award
• Helper Award
• Good Friend Award
• Kindness Award
• Hard Worker Award
They thought about giving the awards to:
• Volunteers at the hospital
• Rest home workers
• Produce manager at the grocery store
The sky’s the limit, let the kids choose. The grandkids decided, picking several of the community services we talked about. But the awards they spent the most time on were the ones for a neighbor lady down the street that just turned ninety. They love her. She walks past our house every day, getting her exercise and always stops to talk to the kids. She’s their favorite.
She’s a cute little lady, tiny and spry. Always up for a conversation and a good laugh. She is fun.
The awards your children choose to give will vary according to their experiences. And that’s really alright. The principle of thinking of others, and giving light to the world has been taught and put into practice. The children will remember and make the world a better place as they grow to adulthood.
Sharing light blesses those around us, but it also fills us with brightness.
Christy Monson, M.A., (retired) established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. www.christymonson.com