. . . it’s learned when your mommy takes away your birthday presents and makes you cry . . . oh wait, did I just say that out loud?!
The other day I went to a meeting for a wonderful philanthropic organization. While there, a woman made an extraordinary statement that really resonated with me. She said “philanthropy is not innate, it’s learned.” I truly believe this whole heartedly – I learned from my mom who I remember letting me put dollars in the red buckets and adopting children from the “wish trees” at the mall AND, from both my parents who I can’t get to stop meeting with the Development Officer at their alma mater who keeps convincing them to give their University all of my inheritance. Oh, wait, I said that out loud too, didn’t I??!!
During this season of giving, I began reflecting on what I might be teaching my girls (other than cuss words, smart@$$es)! And then I realized that as with anything in this Runamuk household, it hasn't always been pretty! The intent is there, but the execution is sometimes lacking! :-)
6 months ago following a particularly annoying episode of cleaning up one too many naked Barbies (who I'm pretty certain have not had clothes since the girls opened them), 15 too many doll shoes (15 individual shoes, NOT pairs), and 10 Happy Meal toys that the girls haven’t touched in 2 years, I decided that for the girls’ birthdays, rather than gifts from their friends, they would tell their friends about a charity to which they wanted to donate items. Of course, when I informed the girls of this, you would have thought I took away their birthdays . . . oh wait . . .
The screaming, yelling and crying in the backseat of the car could be heard for miles!
Of course, it wasn’t until a few days later that I realized this idea may have been the result of a particularly bad case of PMS. But, I had already committed, and the more people I told about it, the more encouragement I got. So, I decided we were going for it!
But, as we come to the end of another giving season, mommy decided to share what she learned in 2013 about charity that's Runamuk: