Here’s How We’re Teaching Our Son To Give Back During Coronavirus
I think when a crisis strikes, we can and will undoubtedly see the worst. But, it also gives the opportunity for us to see the best and to BE our best. With all that has taken place in our country over these last several weeks, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut or to feel fear and uncertainty.
But I think all of us could also say that we see all of the helpers. Not only our medical experts and our doctors and nurses who are fighting this thing, but in everyday life, right here in our community, right here in our neighborhoods.
When I was a boy and I'd see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always see people who are helping. - Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood)
Today, my wife wanted to write encouraging and uplifting messages and have Lennox and I walk our neighborhood to leave them at our neighbors’ doors. We both agreed it would be a good teaching moment and would let him see good. As parents, we all know that our kids are paying attention, and whether they express it or not, they’re full of fear and anxiety and uncertainty as well.
So we did. I walked our neighborhood with my son, and it was a good, uplifting teaching moment, for both of us. I love that my son chose the houses he wanted to stop at and it's something he will always remember. I have to leave work immediately after the show at 10 a.m. and that gives me more time with my family. I'm enjoying spending extra time and it makes me smile watching our little man grow up in front of us so fast. Lennox loved dropping those notes on the doorstep and run off after ringing the bell. This wasn't about getting a thank you but was more about a message. The more I think about it this helped all of us ❤️
The weeks ahead of us will surely bring more frightening statistics and uphill battles for our country and our communities. But I challenge you to see the good as much as possible. Sometimes you have to look for it, but I promise you that it is always there.