Tag: children

Confidence and a little boy

Confidence, do you have it?  Let me tell you a story about confidence.

A good friend of mine and I went to lunch the other day. A little boy walked up to our table.

I said Hi. What’s your name?

He said Lucas. (And proceeded to spell it out, I guess he didn’t think I could spell, lol.)  L U C A S.

I asked him how old he was, and he said 4. And in 2 days I will be 5.

I told him, Happy early birthday!

He said, No.  My birthday is in 2 days, showing me 2 fingers. (Apparently, I was not paying attention and missed the two days, lol.)

He went on to tell us that he would be going to another school when he was 7. They were tall kids there. Taller than buildings, about 32,000 feet tall.

He continued talking to us for about 5 minutes.

We realized something after he walked away. He had such confidence in himself.

Even when his numbers (he is going to live to be twenty hundred) were not possible, he never stopped to explain his words or reasons.

He believed everything he said.

Everything!

Can you imagine being so confident in yourself?

Walking up to a perfect stranger and telling them the truth (as you understand it).

Would you?  Could you?

Why is it that we don’t have that confidence as adults?

Why don’t we believe in ourselves anymore?

I will tell you why.  Children are allowed to believe in everything.  They are allowed to imagine.

As adults, we are told you “can’t” do that or you shouldn’t imagine or even dream.

We don’t question it.  We sigh and move on.

But we should question it!

As an adult we should trust ourselves and have confidence in ourselves, as that little boy did.

I want to challenge you to go up to a stranger and strike up a conversation with his confidence.

Talk about the weather, the grocery store, whatever! Just believe in yourself.

I believe in you!

Hurricane Harvey – Motivated Me to Donate

Hurricane Harvey hit South Texas, but we received most of the rain.  There was massive flooding and thousands of people were displaced from their homes.  Thankfully we were blessed and our part of town did not flood.

There are so many things to say about the hurricane, but I want this post to be about how it motivated me to donate.

We kept receiving text alerts about Tornado Warnings in our area.  In between those we received Flood Warnings.  I was in afraid water would start coming inside and we would not have time to pack. In a rush, we started packing “essentials”.  Laptops in trash bags, their cords in zip top bags, important paperwork in a waterproof suitcase, clothes, and bare necessities.

While packing, I realized that we have too much stuff.  We have so much stuff I had problems deciding what I considered important enough to pack.  Since this weekend is Labor Day, I decided to see what I have that is in good (or great) condition for donation.

There are so many people that have nothing, but the clothes on their backs.  Donating to them, is something that I am motivated to do because I want to be kind to those effected.

Kindness should be a part of us.  Kindness is something that I believe we should show our children.

A little back story, in 2011, a F5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri.  It left so many people without anything.  Since I am a couponer, I had many extras, and then bought more with the intention of donating.  I remember telling my daughter that we had to help them.  She asked why, she was 7 at the time, and I said something to the effect, We should help people because we never know if one day WE will be in need.  If that day comes, we hope that there are people out there who will do the same as we are right now.

I want to keep showing my daughter that kindness is extremely important.  I want her to understand that we should help people, especially during extreme times.

I hope this post has motivated you to donate.  If it has, you can donate in your town/city.  There are women’s centers, homeless shelters, and food banks that would be happy to accept your donation(s).  Check your home to see what is not being used, or maybe never was used, and donate it to someone who would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for reading!

Back to school

Well, it is that time again.  They will be back in school in a few weeks, or maybe they already started, but whoo hoo!  It’s time to get them back into the routine: going to sleep at X time (whatever time you have set for them during school days), waking up before 8 (lol), doing homework, etc.  Ah, the fun times of arguing about 5 more minutes of staying awake, or 5 more minutes of sleeping in the morning.

Time to buy school supplies, I stocked up today, love the great sales!  School clothes are different depending on where the child goes to school.  Will they require uniforms, are they allowed to wear anything (minus the short/tiny skirts, etc.), or is it a middle ground?

Oh, and the first day of school, I have always dreaded it.  I end up with homework!!  Now, who was the brilliant person that decided to say, we need the parents to fill out an information form for 6 different classes, plus one for the front office, and don’t forget one for the nurse!  Oh yay…she says while rolling her eyes.

But, before you know it it will be Thanksgiving break and Christmas vacation.  Time flies so fast.

Whatever grade your child will be starting this year, I wish them their best year ever!

Back to school

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