This is not a blog post about being perfect - in fact it might just be the opposite.
When I look at my boys I pray that they will get pretty much all their Dad's good traits and personality (and not mine) - he is the better person in our relationship and I am happy to admit that. He is such a well-rounded person, so safe & consistent. Me on the other hand....
A good quality of mine, and probably the only quality of mine that I wish to pass onto my boys, is generosity. I always have been a generous person. For as long as I can remember I have felt better giving gifts, rather than receiving them. I find it so fitting that I now have a career where I am constantly giving to other families.
Noah got a lesson in generosity last month when he sat up at my dinner table and said "Yuk, I'm not eating that." I saw red! I marched him straight to the computer, I sat him down in front of YouTube and typed the words "starving African child" into the search bar. Together we watched about twenty minutes of heartbreaking footage. Noah was sad. He had questions, BIG questions, questions I could not give him answers for. He was confused as to why the Easter Bunny didn't go there and fix the problem. His eyes were now open. At nearly six years old Noah had learned that life wasn't so great for many other people.
Off his own back, Noah started to collect money to donate. I have tears when I look at his messy, little writing on the Band-Aid. I am proud & happy. For one whole month he went hard, collecting money for those less fortunate. He has twenty dollars in there now. I kept saying to him "Noah, perhaps you should put some money aside for your own tin so you will have some spending money should you ever need it." He was adamant that he would never need any money for himself, so you can image how upset he became when he wanted something at the shops and I would not just hand over cash to him like I normally would. Another valuable lesson learned... You can't give away more than you have! He has worked out now that it is best to put just a little in the donation jar (hey, he's not an idiot) and reserve the rest for yours truly.