Yesterday the big guy had a delayed school start, but the little one didn’t; I took the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with my first born. I was on top of things and had packaged some big soft ginger cookies in festive Tupperware. Then we went out for hot chocolate and sat peacefully enjoying our drinks while working on thank you cards for the town volunteer firefighters and the school crossing guard. When the cards and the drinks were finished we headed to the fire station.
I was a little nervous just showing up, but after several drive-bys I noticed a big doorbell. We got out of the car, card and cookies in hand and rang the bell. The door opened and we were greeted by one of the friendliest firefighters I’ve ever seen. E handed over the cookies and card saying “Merry Christmas!” We were invited in for a tour and got to see everything; so exciting!
Then it was off to school. When we handed the crossing guard her gift, she was a little surprised; it’s a bit early for Christmas after all. But that afternoon as we crossed the street safely she told us how much she enjoyed the cookies!
It was a great day. Pretty much the best day a five-year-old boy could ask for: extra time with mommy, touring a fire station, sitting in an old-time fire truck, giving gifts, and going to school after two days off! It’s been so much fun watching the boys offer to give, give, give for the holidays. I think, and I type this with crossed fingers (okay, not really, that would be tough), they get it. They get how nice it feels to give; to do something for someone else and maybe, just maybe they are beginning to gain an understanding that not everything is about them.
That’s our RACK adventures for now!