The movement into the dark time of the year is not lost on my little man. In the darkness at the beginning of each day he asks if it is morning and he notices the darkness coming earlier at the end of each day. He is aware that the world seems a little darker right now, and we have shared many conversations about light, the return of the light and how we can create light in our life. We have talked about our own inner light, and ways in which we can share it so our light shines on others and brightens their day.
We have taken the discussions one step further and shopped for food for our local food bank, we have been picking up some hats and mittens that we will drop off at a collection location next week and we have plans to stop in and help pack up Christmas hampers for those in need in December. While he may not totally understand how this shines our light on others, we will keep the discussions going, sharing with him how much joy these acts of kindness will bring to others.
At home we have been crafting with the theme of light the last few weeks, and Reece has totally surprised me with his handwork. He has been doing embroidery for a while now, but I usually hand over the ring and some burlap and let him do his thing. Last week I decided to draw a star on the burlap and show him the basic running stitch. And do you see it, pretty darn awesome, eh?
This week I thought it might be fun to make a little star for his tree. He hand stitched the two pieces of felt together, and then stuffed it before finishing it. He was so pleased with his star and proudly displayed it on his tree.
We all have an inner light to share and I hope by talking, sharing and crafting, I can remind Reece of his, and he will joyfully step forward and shine it on others.