This is a delightful moment. I am co-authoring this blogpost with guest blogger, Calvin H. For those of you who do not know, Calvin is my middle son who turned 11 this week. His birthday and the activities that surrounded it are something that we’d like to share.
Hi, I’m Calvin. I turned 11 on Tuesday. This year I didn’t want a party. Instead, I asked my mom if she’d take me and my brothers to pizza and a movie. Mom gave me some choices of restaurants and I chose the Parlor Pizza place. We got there around around 6:00 and it was already pretty crowded. I think that’s good because it means the restaurant is doing a good business.
When you first walk in you see a garden. There was a bright red strawberry on one plant. I think they grow this stuff to use in their restaurant. We ordered a couple of BLTs and two pizzas. Mom was even able to get a glass of local wine. The food was good. Our bill was about $50 and mom added a tip because the waiter was so nice and because he brought me chocolate and cherry cake with one candle. It was yummy.
After we left the restaurant we went to the Harkins movie theater to see Marmaduke. We picked the theater because the movie was showing at the right time and because the theater is owned locally. I really liked the movie because it was funny. My two brothers liked it too. My oldest brother said the bad dog reminded him of one of his teachers. It cost us about $40 to see the movie.
Mom showed me an article about Local First that said if you spend $100 locally, you keep $42 here in the state. But if you spend $100 in a chain store, then only $13 will stay in the state. So, my birthday dinner with the tip and the movie cost about $100. I know that $42 will stay here. My birthday was fun and I did something good for our community.
How can you help your children learn about community through everyday activities?