I’m participating in the Kindness Challenge that Niki is hosting at The Richness of a Simple Life. This is my post for Weeks Four and Five cause I’ve fallen behind a bit. I’m not sure why this topic is giving me so much trouble. Perhaps it’s because I’m usually a really kind person anyway, so there’s so little room for improvement 😉 ?
(Hubby is shaking his head, no, that’s not it!)
So I have tried to be really kind and appreciate all the kindness around me in the blogosphere these past few weeks. Let me give you a couple of examples:
This is an exchange that took place with my new friend Robert over at Levishedated and his post on Adam and Eve.
Me: I’m thinking you might have too much time on your hands
Robert: Oh I’m so glad that you put a big, fat, hairy smiley face at the end of that because I was just about to burst into tears!
Me: Yes, the international symbol for I can say anything I want, even if it’s borderline mean or condescending, but I was just KIDDING!
Robert: Hahaha – you’re priceless!
Me: Thank you! You, too!
There, did you see how kind we were to each other, and funny to boot?
No, well, here’s another example with Fictional Kevin at his post, I Miss You:
Me: You’re such a sweet man!
Fictional Kevin: Awwwwwww
Me: Well, not to me, obviously…
Fictional Kevin: I am a sweet guy. Sometimes sarcasm is how I let you know I love you, Diane.
Me: Of course, like when boys chase you and pull your hair! Or like my brothers (all of you) treat me everyday, you know, noogies and stuff
See, can you feel the love and kindness yet? No, you say?
Well, how about this one between me and Drew, The Lonely Author:
Me: It’s so hard to be a Chicago sports fan lately (except maybe the Cubs this year!) But all all my New York friends are such PITAs about their teams and I very unfairly lumped you in there
Drew: That was unfair. I am honest about my teams. Jets haven’t won since 1969. My Yankees stink. My Ranger are pretty good. Now, don’t talk to me about the cheating Patriots or Red Sox, then I lose my head.
Me: I know and I’m sorry! OMG we’re not breaking up over sports, are we??
Drew: NEVER lol Smooches
Me: Whew! Mwah ❤
See how kind and loving that was? And I learned not to discuss sports or call New Yorkers PITAs!
And finally, my very talented friend Sandra at What Sandra Thinks has been so kind to let everyone know – over and over and over – that today is her birthday so please stop over at her blog (if you’re over 18) and wish her a happy day!! Yay!!
Did you see how I added the big smiley face to let Sandra know I was JUST KIDDING?
I’m participating in the 2016 Kindness Challenge hosted by Niki over at The Richness of a Simple Life. For Week Two, we were focused on observing kindness around us. I’ve found that no one really seems to understand innate kindness like small children. They are so quick to accept others, share things, say hello, wave, hug goodbye, and play together easily.
About a month ago a couple of my friends who babysit their grandchildren and I decided it might be fun to get the kids, JP, who is 3 1/2, and Ella and Elizabeth, who are both four, together to play while we grandmas visited and didn’t have to entertain them for a few hours. It was a downright brilliant and inspired idea!
The girls go to two different preschools part-time and my grandson JP will be starting late this summer, so with their schedules and ours, Tuesday afternoons were the time that worked the best for all. And, thus, the Grandmas Playgroup was born.
We meet at one of our children’s houses because that’s where the toys are. And because one of the girls has a baby brother, we’ve been meeting at their house so he can have an afternoon nap in his own crib. The kids had met a few times in the last year or so but not to play in a group. We weren’t sure if it would work out because three can be a tough number sometimes…
So far it’s been wonderful fun. The children are just so accepting of each other and play together so nicely. They share toys, offer each other snacks and help each other with dressing up. One week I’d gone upstairs to check on them and Ella was helping JP put his Ninja Turtle shell on. So cute. And so kind!
And this past week we had a few friends ask to join us, because obviously, Grandmas Playgroup is the place to be! And word had spread that we had such a good time — we’re ladies who lunch minus the lunch and plus the grandkids! We bring fruit snacks or grapes or juice boxes for the kids and one friend makes delectable treats each week, along with a pot of tea.
Most of the time the kiddos run upstairs to dress up or play in the pretend kitchen in the playroom or downstairs in the family room while we visit in the real kitchen.
Has it been totally perfect? Well, there have been the occasional incidents, like jumping on the bed with someone hitting his head on the side table when he fell off… And when the play tent collapsed, which was no big deal, they all raced downstairs to tell us, claiming it was everybody’s fault!
After the jumping on the bed incident two weeks ago, JP and I had a talk on the way to Playgroup last week:
Me: What’s something we shouldn’t do when we’re at Elizabeth’s house?
JP: No spitting.
Me: Well, yes, that’s a good one. What about no what on the bed?
JP: Oh, yeah, no jumping on the bed. And no hitting. No hitting the girls with my Ninja Turtle scythes because if I do, mama said she will take them away and throw them in the garbage!
Me: Okay, then…
And on the drive home after Playgroup:
Me: Justin, did you have a good time playing with your friends today?
JP: Yep. Nana, did you have a good time playing with your friends?
Me: You know, I really, really did!
And then we sing along with his favorite Taylor Swift song on the radio…
~ Diane D.
Decided I needed another reason to post 🙂 so I’m going to participate in the 2016 Kindness Challenge which starts next week. It’s only one post a week so you might consider signing up with me! Check out Niki’s post.