It is difficult for Reece to grasp the idea that there are families in our world, our country and our community who live with less, not by choice, but by circumstance. Over the last few weeks we have had conversations about why we purchase food for the food bank and why we dropped off hats and mitts to a Christmas charity drive on the weekend. I can tell from the expression on his face my explainations mean very little to him. I realize words cannot adequately portray to him the need of these families, it is not part of his little world and so very difficult for him to understand. I do know this will be something he gains an understanding about as he grows up, as his eyes are opened to the world around him.
Until then, I can begin to show him how we help others, how we can show love and compassion for those in need, and how we can bring a smile to someone's face with a simple act of kindness.
So, we will shop for food, we will donate items to families in need and we will jump in to volunteer when we are called upon, and when he asks why I will simply say: "to make someone smile".