Monthly Archives: April 2015

Gram

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On Sunday, when we all gathered at my grandma’s home for Easter, we noticed that she was a bit, “loopy.” Not quite herself and a bit confused.  She is almost 100 though, so we didn’t think much of it.  By Monday morning, she was extremely out of sorts and her caregiver, my dad, aunt and uncle thought it would be best to get her checked out so they brought her to the emergency room just to make sure. Fortunately, it is just a UTI and that is what was causing the confusion – that and being one hundred years old I guess.  They have kept her a few days for observation and she should be going home tomorrow at some point. Today, I went to see her after school and it was interesting to watch. For the most part, she was completely lucid and knew exactly what was going on, where she was and why she was there.  She even yelled at my dad, telling him he needed new shoes because he looked like a hobo in the “ratty ones” he was wearing. The one thing she couldn’t figure out was why my aunt took her back to the wrong room.  They had gone for a stroll in the halls and she thought she was brought back to a different room and the entire time she kept asking us to walk her back.  Even when we showed her the closet filled with her things, she just couldn’t get that clear. She knew she was in a hospital and why she was there, just not in the right room. She loved her dinner, which was fish, broccoli and sweet potatoes but kept asking my dad and I what we were having and why we wouldn’t eat with her.  When I told her that Dave was home making me dinner, she told me how fortunate I was to have a husband who cooked for me, (she’s right.) So she really is, “with it.”  I guess this should be expected at her age.  She gets frustrated with herself and doesn’t like that her body isn’t working the way it should be.  Her hearing aids were working great today and she could hear everything we said, and even talked to my uncle in Alaska on a cellphone – something she usually has a lot of trouble with.  We showed her the family portrait from Easter Sunday and she could even see that clearly and with her bad eyesight, that was a surprise as well. She knows that the whole family is coming this summer to celebrate her birthday and knows enough to “worry” about where everyone will stay while they are here.  We will work that out.  We always do.  It is good to see her thinking clearly….for the most part… I am glad this was something minor and that she is on the mend. We have a lot to celebrate this year and she is the reason for it so we need her around!! ❤ ❤

Everyone Deserves a Prom

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Take the Cake along with Covenant House New Jersey  are planning to host an unforgettable prom night for the Covenant House kids in Newark.

Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. Many of these young people have missed important life milestones and celebrations, like the high school prom.

I have been luck enough to work with Take the Cake, a local organization taking photos for a few of their events.  I think that this project will be one of their best ones yet and I am excited to help spread the news about it.

To make this night a success for the kids, they need your help.  No donation is too big or too small. They need flowers, dresses, tuxedos and more to make the dreams of these students come true.  You can help them create memories by donating.

They have set up a Gofundme page to help with donations, http://www.gofundme.com/covenanthouseprom

Everyone deserves the chance to go to prom.

Upworthy

love who you love

Getting back to the original intention of the blog. To share stories of kindness, whether experienced by me or by others.  When I see inspiring stories, I will share, giving credit where credit is due.

I found this story on Upworthy.com.  After some fans were furious about The Oakland A’s announcing LGBT Pride night, one fan bought all of their tickets.   She will donate all of those tickets to a local Youth Community Center for LGBTQ youth.

http://www.upworthy.com/when-one-stadium-announced-lgbt-pride-night-angry-fans-sold-their-tickets-so-she-bought-them-all?g=2&c=ufb1

Where to go from here….

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I have written 813 blogs since I began on January 1, 2013.  One blog every single day.  My goal was to write every day for one year and I surpassed it – by a lot!

I am starting to get bored with it.  Running out of things to write about. Today’s blog, which I started to write, was about Spring Cleaning. Truly, does anyone care that I stayed home and cleaned my kitchen today??

I think that I am going to change the way I approach my blog. I will still write.  I just don’t think it will be daily anymore. I am not going to set a schedule and say, I will write once a week, or once a month.  Instead, I am going to write when I am inspired to do so.

Who knows. Maybe it will become something even bigger and better if I approach it differently.

In some ways I feel like I am giving up.  When I started this, it was to inspire kindness.  After my mom died, I took it in a different direction and it became more of a diary of sorts.

“A Project for Kindness” isn’t going anywhere.  I am still going to write.  I am still going to share but I am hoping to get it more on track and back to its original plan.  I might not be posting everyday anymore, but I will still be finding ways to share kindness and when inspired, I will share it here in the hopes that it inspires others as well.

There are lots of big days and family celebrations that I will want to share.  Easter is on Sunday and Drew has taken it upon himself to organize an Easter Egg Hunt for all the littler cousins.  I already know what I want to write that day.  Cousins will be flying in from all over the world this summer to celebrate our grandma’s 100th Birthday.  Of course I will share that.

My blog has become such a part of my daily life, I will probably feel like I am forgetting to do something everyday and being the indecisive person that I am…..I might change my mind again tomorrow!

Change the Conversation!

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Every once in awhile I post funny things that are overheard in Kindergarten.

Yesterday, I put up the new April calendar in the classroom.  I have cute cards that I bought so that I can add special days like birthdays, special occasions and holidays.

Since religion and public schools do not mix, for holidays, I keep the cards very generic. For example, at Christmas, I will put up the card with a Christmas tree, but NOT the one with the Holy Family on it.  I put up a card for Hanukkah as well, again, very “generic.”

For Easter, I use the card with colorful eggs, rather than the one with the cross, again, staying away from the religious part of the holiday.  Whenever we have no school, I will add a card that says, “Special Day.”  Since there is no school on Good Friday, I just put up that “special” card.

One of the children asked me what the “special day” was and I told them it was called “Good Friday” and it is a day recognized by some religions, figuring I would leave it at that.  A little boy raised his hand and told me, “You know, they really shouldn’t call it Good Friday, because it is the day they killed God so it should really be called, ‘Bad Friday.'”

As I tried to steer the conversation away from religion and onto something else, a little girl called out, “Who killed God?” and another who asked, “Why would someone want to kill God.” Of course by now, there way too much chatter about God and I needed to end this immediately so I told the class that this was something they would need to go home and speak to their grown ups about because it really wasn’t appropriate for Kindergarten.

That is when one little boy, in a sad voice looked at me and told me he couldn’t talk about it at home and he’d never be able to find out the answer to what Good Friday was.

I asked him why and he said because he isn’t allowed to say bad words, and G-O-D, (he spelled it out,) was a bad word, which led me to having to tell him that God is not a bad word but the way some people use the word is what makes people think it is a bad word.

By now, I had lost ten minutes to a conversation that should never had begun and just needed to get back to the fact that all I wanted them to know, was that there is no school on Friday!

Fortunately, we get to celebrate two birthdays this month so by pointing out the cupcake cards, I was able to divert the attention on to something else, get back on track and find my way out of that one!!!

April Fools!

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April 1st.  I woke up forgetting to say, “Rabbit Rabbit!” The monthly bulk trash pick up garbage truck was outside crushing furniture before 5:30 am, so the first words out of my mouth were not those but rather something I wouldn’t post on a kindness blog 😉

April Fools Day has never been one of my favorite days. It brings out the craziness at school and I lose count of how many times I am told that I have a spider on my head!

The good thing is, it only comes around once a year and although they will attempt to fool me tomorrow, I can tell them it has to wait till next year!

As for missing my “Rabbit Rabbit” for today, I will simply reverse the process as I drift off to sleep tonight and say, “tibbar tibbar.”  That’s rabbit rabbit backwards.