Sometimes I have to drag my children along to run errands with me for First Days – I only have 8 hours of childcare a week and these are taken up by visiting families and lots of meetings. I work most evenings and sometimes have to do things whilst the children are around. Yesterday we had to drop lots of bags of baby clothes off to a lady from a local baby group who were sorting them for us, so I took Joni and Wilbur with me. I was feeling bad that it wasn’t a Pinterest Verified toddler activity but life isn’t really like that, right?
So, as we were driving around singing Polly Put The Kettle On (or Joni’s version – Joni Put The Rice On) Wilbur was getting a grumpy and Joni turned to him and said:
“don’t cry Wilbs. We are doing nice things. We are doing First Days Charity thing. We help children who don’t have clothes like us do … And at Christmas we help Father Christmas give toys … they mummy will be happy”
I was speechless.
I really do not know where she got that from. I have never talked directly to her about it – I guess she just listens when I’m talking to other people. How amazing that a two year old can grasp what I’m doing so well. From the mouths of babes. I also thought – maybe they have been stuck in the car and not at home making a paper mâché abacus but you know what? I think they’re still learning, and if they can learn about being kind to strangers then I think that beats colouring in the lines of home made colouring books any day.