Now that I am back to work full-time and the kids are in school full-time, I worry that we won’t always be able to find time for a New Experience. I have decided that I can’t worry about what may or may not happen. The New Experience project is supposed to be fun, not worrisome. Besides, the only real limits on finding something new to try is my imagination.
We had a very hectic week during the second week of September. Back to School nights for my school and the kids’ school, a birthday party, and a doctor’s appointment. To top it off, my mother (who normally watches the kids after school until I get home) was on vacation, and the kids had to go to various friends’ and relatives’ houses after school. So, we had hardly a moment to relax.
September 11th also fell in that week, and I wanted to do something for the National Day of Service and Remembrance. It seems to me that as a country we have become very good at remembering that horrific day, but the spirit of the National Day of Service and Remembrance has not been fully realized. I didn’t know of any service projects in our area on 9/11, but I had heard about many vigils. While I will never forget the horror of September 11, 2001, I prefer to honor the memory of the people who died that day with service.
Last year we went to the food pantry and stocked the shelves. This year I wasn’t sure we would have time to do something to honor the victims of 9/11.
Having no time is a common excuse for not volunteering in the community. But, it is important to me that my children learn to serve our community.
Luckily, I found a quick service project that I knew my kids would enjoy.
Color A Smile is a non-profit organization that collects crayon drawings from children and distributes them to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels recipients, and other people in need of a smile.
I downloaded a few of their coloring pages and told Luke and Leah about the project. Leah loves to color, so she was excited to get started. Luke doesn’t really enjoy coloring, but he agreed to color so that he could make someone smile. He hoped that his project would go to someone who liked space because the page he chose featured a rocket ship and stars.
The kids happily colored their pages and said it didn’t feel like a New Experience to them. I had to admit that coloring is not something new to these seasoned crayon artists. So, we talked about how doing a little something for a person who is lonely or sick can brighten their day. Leah said she would like to do this project everyday.
I doubt we’ll do it everyday, but I have a feeling Color A Smile will receive quite a few pictures from us in the future.
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