to see when the birds will come
to eat the treats
they’ve made for them
and hung up high in the trees
so they don’t go hungry in the winter’s snow.
“be grateful for luck. pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. and don’t hate nobody.
what a beautiful morning to help
at the annual
juvenile diabetes research foundation event
to take a great walk after
right in the mix with
dogs, babies, strollers, scooters, families,
friends, teams, singles, wagons and trees
and then come to the end
very happy to have been a part of it all.
“we are all here on earth to help others;
what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”
photo credit: steve townsend
i recently made a wonderful discovery
when playing with a couple of my grandies
at the park across the street from my house.
the people in my local community
who visit the park or live nearby
leave toys behind
for any and all children to play with.
what a simple, powerful, and generous act
what an amazing way to teach children gratitude
of sharing what we have
with others in the world
who may not have as much.
“the essence of community, its heart and soul,
is the non-monetary exchange of value;
things we do and share because we care for others,
and for the good of the place.”
― dee hock, One from Many
we stopped to listen to an ensemble of young girls
playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.
their teacher said they were in the 8th grade
where everyone is asked
to contribute something to the community.
these girls chose to offer what they had to give –
their natural gift of music.
they had to organize the day
by asking permission to play somewhere
planning what to wear
being on time
remembering their music and instruments.
all of the money they earned
went to a local charity.
it was a beautiful lesson.
“music is the movement of sound
to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”
“i would give money to people who need it”
(grandie b’s answer when asked what she would do if someone gave her $100)
kindness in words creates confidence.
kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
kindness in giving creates love.
skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion.
everything else is a distraction.
– talib kweli
credits: open homes, open hearts, ahmad alhssani
grandbaby b and daughter deliver
three of us:
one daughter, h
one grandie, b
(not the wisemen)
of thanksgiving baskets
filled with donated food
provided by many,
in the struggling community
around the school
where h teaches
each and every day
and how lucky
that we were able
to show up
at one of her student’s houses
and the little one was shocked
when she opened the door
and saw her teacher, h
with a basket of things
to make her holiday special
and when this child
with so many life challenges understood
that her teacher had chosen her house to visit
she grabbed her hand and didn’t let go
and her baby sister came to join in the fun
and grandbaby b joined in the fun
and on the next day of school
this little student
who didn’t have much to call her own
brought a gift
to thank her teacher, h
and told her:
“you brought me thanksgiving food so I brought you a balloon.”
and the joy of giving
just kept rolling on.
there are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
– khalil gibran