My parents can be proud of this. Not of me and not of my sister but of the evidence that points to the legacy of their own work.
My 8 year old niece’s head was bent over the craft table in full concentration. She was busy with some type of project. Tugging a phone book as large as herself across the room, she sealed an envelope and asked, “How do you spell Womens’ Resource Center?” My sister assisted and asked what was in the envelope. My niece couldn’t remember. A bit concerned about the phone call that might come from the Center or elsewhere, my sis took a peek.
Apparently, my niece was not bullish to take the credit. She had taken it upon herself to act as scribe for my 5 year old nephew. It was, in fact, his desire to send his pencils to the Womens’ Resource Center. Or so she says.
While just that bit – seeing kindness for others less fortunate pass through the generations – warms my soul, I am grateful for the acknowledgement that came from the Womens’ Resource Center.
So, is this just a cute interaction between a little girl, her brother and a non-profit? I think it’s more fundamental. In new research by the National Center on Citizenship, we learn that in order to build a vibrant and thriving community, we must not only feel attached to our communities but we must also believe that the people in our community care about one another.
The Center follows a number of indicators that track social connectedness. These are things like eating dinner together, talking with family and friends online, doing favors for neighbors and attending community meetings about local issues. The list rounds out with indicators such as belonging to organized groups, volunteering and making charitable contributions.
I’m sure I wouldn’t score perfectly on all of those indicators but I’m happy to know what they are. These little people would do well on caring for others and making charitable contributions and with time, I know they’ll round out the complete picture. Who says kids don’t copy what their parents model for them?
Great job Sierra and Laiken!