When she saw the smorgasbord of treats, her eyes lit up. "Oh yummy, I want that and that and that..." Cue lesson in selflessness and giving.
After a brief tantrum, we talked about people who didn't have food. She responded with promising grunts and dried up her face. I consider it a breakthrough, albeit a small one.
For this mama, dragging all three kids to the mall on a cold Saturday was so worth it after we left. We had some great conversation and long naps (for the kids) followed. Isn't almost unfair how learning to give ultimately blesses the giver's spirit so deeply?
Today I am thankful for the United Way and other organizations willing to facilitate giving and investing in the character development of our children as well.