— ‘Tis the season to teach my son about giving. Sure, I try to do it year-round, but this time of year provides a wealth of opportunities. I really wanted to do something very impactful, like serve at a soup kitchen, but I have to remind myself he’s only 3 years old, and what really can he comprehend? So, my work participates in the community food drives, so I thought that would be a perfect opportunity. Last night, I sat Brae down and the conversation went something like this:

Me: “Brae, you know when you are hungry, Mommy and Daddy give you food?”
Brae: (nods)
Me: “Well, did you know that there are some people that don’t have any food? So, when they are hungry, they don’t have any food to eat.”
Brae: (eyes get very wide). “No food to eat?”
Me: “That’s right. Would you like to fill a box with some food and give it to the people who don’t have any food to eat?”
Brae: (eyes widen again) “Yes!”

So, for the next ten minutes, we filled up a box with food from our pantry, and I tried to explain to Brae that they would not want his half-eaten boxes of raisins.

— Brae is Mr. Entertainer. He loves to make people laugh. Case in point — were playing t-ball in the living room last night, and after he hit the ball, he’d chase after it, carrying his bat. Well, he tripped over his bat and totally bit it on the floor. He just started laughing hysterically. Then, he saw me laughing. Well, that was way too much for him to handle — he loved doing that. So, for the next half an hour, he’d chase after the ball again, and then pretend to totally bite it on the floor again, and again, and again. He just wanted to make his Mommy laugh.

— Brae: “Mommy, why does the moon follow us home every night?”
Me: “Ummmmmm……”


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