I truly hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend, and for those who celebrate, a blessed Easter Sunday.
I am quietly sitting beside a very sick little six year old who, as was made very clear to us through the last few hours, is apparently really allergic to eggs. The poor thing ate a few too many today, and the pain in his stomach is so extreme, as is the vomiting. Again, the things food allergies can do to all of us is astounding.
The time of reflection over these past few days, as well as the time that I have right now to sit with my own thoughts, has left me with a strong question; I am wondering how all of you view the idea of service with our children?
I know, a little heavy to start out a Monday with, but something over the past few days has really gotten me thinking. I have struggled lately with the idea of my children not really understanding themselves much outside of their own family unit, and close circle of friends. Growing up living just outside of major cities, I witnessed some of the hardships that many go through, and from those moments, much conversation came about with my parents and friends.
For my children, we now live in a small town, more away from city living then I have ever been before, and somewhat sheltered from the realities of life that are so common for so many. While I do not believe that young children need to be over exposed to the tragedies that life can offer, I also believe that it is important for children to see themselves, even at a very young age, as being useful and helpful to their community at large.
I think that where I struggle is where to start, and I am curious what feelings you all have on this subject. Up until this point, we have held onto the idea that our children would learn through witnessing and watching what we, as well as other family and friends, were doing in our communities, but now I feel as though it is time for them to participate.
Life is so hard, and at any moment it can change forever. With communities becoming so disconnected, and families living so far apart, it seems essential that our children learn how to build communities of their own.
This community of ours that we share through the blogging world is so full of amazing information, that I would love to hear how your families are working to build an understanding of service, of community, and of giving in your children.
Wishing you all a wonderful beginning to your week