And speaking of a good story…..
we were, last night. About big stories and good stories.
Last night at Evening Prayer we discussed a program that our local coffeehouse has–Backpack Buddies. Each weekend, children who might otherwise go hungry receive non-perishable healthy snacks to help them have enough to eat when they are away from their schools or child care centers. We discussed sharing this program with others outside our group to increase awareness and donations so we can provide enough food for 35 children during the remainder of the summer. (The program provides for a lot more children during the school year.)
While the adults discussed the kinds of foods that work best, it turns out the littles were listening. As we said our goodbyes and prepared to leave, Cooter came up and tugged my shirt. “Mama, I have some ideas about some things to put in the backpacks.”
“Really? What’s that?”
“Well, toothbrushes and toothpaste. They might not have them and this way, they can take care of their teeth.”
Huh. That’s not a bad idea. I was impressed, not only that he’d been listening and thinking, but also that he had come up with a really good idea. I told him to go talk to our friend who is in charge of the packing of the bags right now.
And he did.
He’s growing up right before my very eyes. Sometimes I get growing pains it is happening so fast.
Today in the car, Cooter and his sister had a long discussion about what would be good to put in the backpacks along with the food.
Princess, our swimmer, thought that swimsuits would be a good idea. Cooter nayed it, but she defended it by saying, “Well, it’s really hot this summer, and they can at least run in the sprinklers.”
Cooter was thinking coats, hats, and gloves in the winter.
And then he floored me. “Well what if we get them some presents to put in there during Christmas? I mean, they might not get as much as we do, so maybe we could share with them.”
Bless him. Bless them both.
This isn’t a big story. We haven’t solved world hunger. Or even hunger in our own community. We haven’t even been to the store yet to pick up food for the backpacks this week.
But I think it’s a good story. One that I will hold close to my heart–especially when I am tempted to forget how giving and loving and thoughtful my children can be. Oh, like all of us, they have their moments when they most definitely are not. But this, their minds and hearts working in sync to see a need and try to address it?
Priceless. Good. Joy-filled.
May we all take a moment to see how we can fill a hungry body, heart, or soul today. It can be as simple as a smile or picking up an extra can of healthy food or a bag of apples.
Wishing you all good stories. Love to all.
If you are one of my local friends and you have an extra minute and dollar or two, please consider dropping a non-perishable item in the purple bucket at Bare Bulb Coffee in Kathleen. (And get yourself a cup of coffee while you’re at it–it is literally the best coffee ever. And seriously, I know what I’m talking about.) Some of the things they can use are granola bars, instant mac’n’cheese, crackers, 100% fruit juice, fresh apples, fruit cups, and canned goods like Chef Boyardee or tuna. (They try to stay away from gummy snacks and sugary drinks and chips.) They are packing for 35 children every week right now, and your help will make a huge impact. Thanks y’all.