Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Proud Mom

I blog today, not as a teacher, but as a mother. I have a beautiful preteen daughter who is smart and funny. She has a birthday coming soon and she had requested an American Express gift card, so she could shop for herself. We were discussing her birthday the other day and she said to me, "Yes, I still want a gift card, but I'd like to make a donation to charity as well."

I was floored. My daughter has some really great qualities, but generosity has never been one of them. I guess that comes from being an only child the first 9 years of your life. Not wanting to discourage her new philanthropic urge, I cautiously asked, "So you'd want to have, say, $50 dollars on your card and donate the other $50 to a charity?"

Understand, I was thinking she'd suggest more of 80/20 split, but she shocked me again. "Yeah," she said, "That sounds good." Again, I was cautious. What had sparked this? Was my ex-husband talking up the Red Cross again? Not that I would have a problem with that. I was curious as to where the motivation had come from.

"Did you have a charity in mind?"
"Not really."
"Maybe the Red Cross or a children's charity?"
"Defintely a children's charity."
"For sick kids or homeless kids?"
"Homeless kids."

Wow. My baby is growing up. Together we researched charities online and decided on a local charity that ministers to families of prisoners. Katie and I are going next week and she will give them the check in person. I am so very proud of my child. As proud as I am of her numerous academic achievements, I am even more delighted by her developing character. I marvel at her. How could something this wonderful have come from me?


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