Recently my family and I were able to go see the movie FROZEN. Loved it. Not only was it cute and had fun sing a long songs in it, but it also had an important message. Ok, really. . it had many great messages such as “Be Yourself”, “Accept Other for Who They Are”, and my favorite “Show Love”. I am not sure my kids truly understood those messages at their ages, but they loved the movie and they loved all of the merchandise from the movie that they were seeing in the stores. Every time we walk past the dolls, puzzles and toys they gravitated towards them. . “Moooommmm, look at this! It’s Elsa! I want it! “.
Now, I am happy to buy my kids toys and these ones were really cute, but this season I wanted my kids to learn that Christmas isn’t all about getting. I wanted my children to learn how to give. So I decided not to buy these toys for my children, but instead I asked them to think of another child who might like these toys and when they had thought of someone to give them to we would come back and buy them. It took my kids a few days, but they finally decided who they wanted to give to. . the sick children at our local children’s hospital.
I was happy with their decision so we headed back to our local Walmart store for a mini gift giving shopping spree. As always, both of my kids ran straight to the FROZEN merchandise. They grabbed their favorite toys, the ones they had wanted for themselves and put them in the cart. My daughter went for the puzzles and dolls. My son picked up an Olaf pillow, smiled and hugged it tight. He didn’t want to put it in the cart like the rest of the toys, instead he wanted to carry it through the store. I started to worry. I sure hope he understood that mommy wasn’t buying this toy for him, but for him to give away to another child. As we reached the checkout lane the lady behind the counter smiled and asked my son “Oh, what a cute snowman. Is that for you?” I grimaced and waited for his response. However, to my surprise, in his sweet little three year old voice he said “No, it’s for a little boy at the hospital. Momma, what his name?” I smiled down at him, full of pride and said “I don’t know his name baby. It’s just going to someone who needs it.”. His face gleamed as he replied “Yep!” and he placed the snowman on up on the counter. That was that.
After making our way through the checkout we headed over to the Subway restaurant inside the store and grabbed a few FROZEN themed kids meals to take home with us. A little “thank you” meal from mom. The kids were super excited to find that Subway now has FROZEN bags with a special FROZEN toy inside of them. Now they each had their very own “special thing” to take home with them and keep.
On the way home my son still insisted on carrying Olaf. Once we were home the kids could hardly wait to wrap the presents. They chose their favorite wrapping paper and neither one wanted any help from mom. They wanted to do it all by themselves. They topped off each present with a hand-written note of well wishes and holiday cheer and reluctantly headed off to bed.
They could hardly sleep, they were full of excitement. When the morning came we headed off to the hospital to deliver the gifts they had so carefully prepared. To my amazement, neither kid held back their gift. They gave the toys to the nurses with a full heart not expecting anything in return. While we were in the pediatrics ward I look around and noticed a little girl attached to tubes, wires and laying in a bed.. . all alone. My heart broke for her and the other children there. I had to fight back the tears but was happy that we could do something to help make her day a little brighter. As we walked out of the pediatrics ward I noticed a small group of nurses who had been watching us the whole time. Their faces were full of joy. It was then that I realized that while my children may have made a few sick kids smile this day the ripple effect of what they did was much greater than that. Each of those nurses, the lady at Walmart, the families of those children, myself included and hopefully all of you will be blessed and inspired by this little story of love.
In return for my children’s kindness I decided to throw them a little FROZEN themed dinner. I was able to sneak a few small figurines into the cart for them when they weren’t looking as well as a poster. I made a dish we call “Breakfast Pizza” because the frozen potatoes had the movie logo on it. I also put together a jello dessert because it was blue. 🙂 The kids never have asked for anything in return for their gifts that day. As a mother I couldn’t be more proud of my kids. This small act of kindness has opened their hearts and they are already thinking about what they can do next. I hope that this is just the beginning of a long series of kindness posts. Whatever they think of next I will do my best to help them make it happen. Like the movie said, “Some people are just worth melting for.”
Breakfast Pizza Recipe
– 1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls
– 1 pkg of ground sausage – cooked
– 1 dozen eggs
– 1 bag of frozen shredded potatoes
– 1 pkg of shredded cheese