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Children are the Real Teachers

 

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Not a crochet post today, although I have been plenty busy with the yarn. 

I wanted to share this, not so that I can brag about how wonderful my kids are or to fret about how on earth Santa is going to grant this particular Christmas wish. I wanted to share it because it helped me so much this morning when things were looking very grim indeed.

 

Money is tight in our house. It is tight all year, and worse at Christmas, like so many families. This year I was upset because I don’t know where the money is going to come from to sort the kids out with toys, new clothes, and a good dinner. 

 

The kids wrote their letters to Santa last night. I have always told them to ask for three things, and three things only. Anything extra will come as a nice surprise – and it means much less stress for Santa! They take a lot of time and care choosing their three things, so the letter writing often takes a long time.

Then, this morning, mid-worry session, I read over my daughters letter and saw that one of her three wishes was that other children would have enough to eat on Christmas Day. I burst into tears! I am not much of a crier, but that really got me, because it made me ashamed that I had been worrying so much when there are children out there who will have a miserable Christmas, and a miserable life. 

 

So, my mission now, is to find a way to help my kids’ wish come true, at least in some small way. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get the kids involved in giving to others this year? Any help at all would be much appreciated. (I know we could just put some money in a charity collection box, but I would love for the kids to be able to feel as though they are actively doing something real to help!)

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For the Neo-Natal Unit..

For the Neo-Natal Unit..

Please forgive my photographic non-skills! Something else for me to be working on, I suppose. The apple is in there to give an idea of scale, it’s obviously not going to the neonatal unit 🙂

This little cardigan is about medium sized; I do a slightly larger one, and a heartbreakingly small one for the precious wee babies that are just too small to make it. The sleeves may look a little wide; I make them wide on purpose so that the nurses, or the parents, can get the baby’s tiny hands through without difficulty.

I am trying to get a nice bundle of hats and cardigans of all sizes and colours ready to be donated to my local hospital in mid December. This year I am also including some tiny trousers for the first time. I will try to get some photos of those up soon.

These are mostly worked on at night, after I have put my two children to bed, and are an excellent reminder for me to count my blessings in life. That is quite an old fashioned phrase, but I have yet to find a better one. Sometimes if the kids have been acting up or wearing me out, one look at these little clothes and I remember just how lucky I am.

These are always donated in honour of a beautiful nephew of mine, who was perfect but just too early and too tiny, and who couldn’t stay. I like to think that his little life changed us all, and that the good things done in his name might help bring a tiny shred of comfort to another family hit by such a sad loss. Many, many of the little items at neo-natal units everywhere are donated by other bereaved families who are hoping the same thing; there is lots and lots of love in every stitch.

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