My children are all at the age where they require multiple outfits a day. Rylie is 5 and must change (everything) when a drop of water falls on her. Or, if she feels like it. Gideon is 2 and I’ll spare you the details. June Bug, at 4 months, regularly needs a change of outfit due to bodily malfunctions or siblings’ attempts to feed her. Or color her.
We go through a lot of clothes. For a girl who’s terrible at keeping up with laundry, well, this does not bode well. [puts heads down on desk and cries a little]
I’m always on the lookout for garage sales. And, as everyone knows, the universal sign for Garage Sale is neon pink poster board stapled to a telephone pole. I spotted one from afar last week on my way home from errands. We had half an hour before Ry was due for pickup from school, so I thought perhaps the rest of us would do a little browsing.
Imagine my annoyance when I slowed down and read this:
No garage sale, I guess.
The next day, I noticed another sign about 100 yards past the first one.
And you know what?
They keep going. For about 5 miles, there are these neon pink signs stapled up to telephone poles on Belding Road. They talk about her smile and how she is kind and how he thinks she’s the greatest.
That man? That man is fantastic. He took $5 and 15 minutes and changed my whole day… and they’re not even my signs! But I pass them, and I smile. I think, “What a small gesture with such a huge impact!” I think, “I hope I’m not the only one who kinda tears up when she passes these.” I think, “Why the exclamation point after ‘love’? I wish I could fix that for him.”
We need more of this kind of greatness.
Earlier this year, I played along with Molly as she mailed out a boomboom raok card to a bunch of readers and we all emailed back with our stories. I thought maybe we could do our own grass roots version here at TexasNorth.
Maybe you and your family could help me come up with a bajillion activity ideas and I’ll make up a bajillion activity assignment cards and mail them out to a bajillion people and we’ll all play together but separately and our kids will think it’s awesome and our husbands will play with us and our neighbors will think we’re crazy and we’ll make some memories and everyone wins!
The Kindness Project? You’ll help me? We’ll all put some KPs on our fridge this summer and go out like ninjas of fun and goodness? Maybe, through a bunch of small ideas, we could help each other be creative and kind and happy.
I would so love that.
Small and big activity ideas: GO.