Ok, I have to brag. Today Emma made me so proud, she brought tears to my eyes.
They talked about the Haiti earthquake in Emma's school yesterday and she came home very concerned about it. Last night we were snuggling in bed and she was asking me questions, so i told her what I knew about conditions over there. How they didn't have food or water in some places. To explain it in terms she would understand, I told her that many people were hurt and they didn't even have any bandaids. That all they had were the clothes on there backs.
Emma really wanted to send them clothes and bandaids. I told her I didn't know how we could do that, but I told her there were agencies like the Red Cross that could get supplies there and they needed money.
Emma decided, all by herself, that she wanted to give her allowance money. She had two weeks worth saved up for something she wanted from Claire's.
After school I took Emma down to the Red Cross with her money. when I told the lady at the desk that my daughter wantd to donate her allowance money, she was quite moved. They made such a big deal about it that I actually got a little embarrased. They took Emma's picture, and wrote her out a reciept and gave her a plastic bracelet that said "I'm a hero". The part that I really liked was when they told her that her money would provide lots of water to people who didn't have any. I put my arm around Emma and we talked about how much we have here and all of our blessings and I got a bit choked up.
I was kind of having a bad day, but witnessing Emma and her simple act of unselfishness put me back in touch with all of the good that is in my little bit of the world. Also (and totally not to brag) sometimes I worry that I'm not a good mom, that I'm not doing a good job with my girls, but I must be doing something right, because man, am I one proud mama tonight!
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