From our inspiration this morning:
If you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.
-spoken by the character Mr. Tushman in Wonder by RJ Palacio
The author says her story is a “meditation on kindness” – it is certainly the prominent theme throughout Wonder, by RJ Palacio. One of the characters, a teacher, uses precepts (rules to live by) to teach his students important values.
Mr. Browne’s Precepts:
- “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
- “Your deeds are your monuments.” —Inscription on ancient Egyptian tomb
- “Have no friends not equal to yourself.” —Confucius
- “Fortune favors the bold.” —Virgil
- “No man is an island, entire of itself.” —John Donne
- “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” —James Thurber
- “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” —Blaise Pascal
- “What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.” —Sappho
- “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” —John Wesley
- “Just follow the day and reach for the sun.” —The Polyphonic Spree
- “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world.” —Auggie Pullman (protagonist of Wonder)
If you haven’t yet read this junior fiction novel, get to it soon! It’s a quick and easy read since it is aimed at 3-5th graders, but the message will linger with you far beyond the time it takes to read.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts to help the Greater Park Hill Community Food Pantry this semester. We have donated food and volunteered at the Pantry, but our work is not quite over yet! The final piece of our service project is to donate books to the Pantry. When families in need come to the Pantry, they are given the opportunity to take a few books home with them – some just to read, others to wrap up as gifts for their children.
Please consider donating a few books to the GPHC Food Pantry during this month when they will be busy providing services to needy families. You can donate gently used books (get your kids to pick a few off their own shelves!) or new if you prefer to buy your favorite titles to share. The Pantry would love to offer everything from baby/toddler books up to adult books, fiction or nonfiction, as their clients are anywhere from newborn to elderly.
Bring your donations to our last meeting of the semester (December 6), drop them off at Molly Jaques’ house in Stapleton, or take them directly to the GPHC Food Pantry at 28th and Fairfax (just let Robyn know you’re part of MomTime). Thank you for your help this semester!
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, MomTime friends! We are all thankful for the friendships and support we have found in this group.
And extra thanks to those who have donated food and/or volunteered your time at the GPHC Food Pantry over the past few days. Here is a picture of some of the crew from today. We will continue to stay involved with the Food Pantry over the next few weeks, so please read about our Fall Service Project to find out how you can still participate!
Dig up an ugly holiday sweater and come to the MomTime Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7th! It is a potluck party for MomTimers and spouses, so book those babysitters now. Hosts Francine and Zach Mugge are already boasting their getup will be the best of all! We will be sure to include photographic evidence of the ugliest sweaters on the blog or Facebook page. If you have not received the Evite, please email Francine.
Also note that if you are donating baked goods for the Holiday Bake Sale on December 8, you may bring your packaged treats to Francine’s house. Please put them in a shopping bag or box to make it easier for her to transport them to Montview the next day.
If you love to sing Christmas carols and you want to start a new tradition with MomTime, join us on Friday, December 20 in the evening! Linda Beardsley and Leah Oliver are organizing MomTime’s first ever caroling outing. Kids are encouraged to attend – since they have a half-day of school on the 20th, they will be eager to get out and see their MomTime friends.
Details are yet to be finalized, but the initial plan is to gather at Linda’s home and do a loop around her part of Stapleton (near 29th and Akron Court) for approximately an hour, depending on how the kids and weather are holding up. After caroling we will again gather at Linda’s to warm up with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
If you are interested in helping Leah and Linda plan (printing song sheets, setting up cocoa and cookies, etc) please email Linda. Keep an eye out for an Evite with further details and a food signup.
And wouldn’t you know, December 20 happens to be National Go Caroling Day!
It’s that time of year again for our Holiday Bake Sale! Proceeds will be split between MomTime scholarships and our service project, The Greater Park Hill Community Food Pantry.
The winter bake sale is always a huge hit at Montview, so we need lots of baked goods. Even if you are not a baker, you can still contribute baked goods by asking your baking friend or mother-in-law to whip up some goodies for us. Or you can buy store-bought cookies and repackage them in festive treat bags. Christmas cookies of any kind –madeleines, macaroons, spritz, shortbread, thumbprint, gingerbread, sugar, oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, crinkles, etc– are always a huge hit. We also sell lots of brownies, breads, gluten free desserts, peanut butter goodies, chocolate, candy, etc. Anything with cute packaging always sells the fastest since many members like to buy things to give as gifts.
We need a few volunteers to work the sale so please sign up if you are available. You can drop your goodies off at Haley’s house in Stapleton, bring them to the Mugges’ house on December 7th (MomTime Christmas party), or bring them to Montview by 9am on December 8th.
Please sign up using this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0448A5A69-montview2/2216911
You can direct questions to Haley who is coordinating the bake sale. Thank you so much for baking something for the bake sale!
Reverend Sheri Fry, Associate Pastor at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church started off today’s meeting asking “How do we raise a Global Citizen?”. Below are some ideas we brainstormed about what a globally aware kid looks like:
- Knows other people than themselves – self aware of the world around them
- Environmental limited resources (running water, lights, etc)
- Sense of privilege
- Can recognize differences in people/culture
- Model behavior
We then watched a TED Talks video about Chimamanda Adichie
, who is a globally aware citizen, having been born and raised in Nigeria and later settling in the United States.
Sheri also shared a video about 3 American college students going to Uganda and being so touched by an orphanage that had over 160 kids living in two rooms. The video is about these girls and how they built a school and an orphanage out of nothing.
Creating Sunshine: The Founding Of Musana Children’s Home in Iganga, Uganda from Andrea Sherrodd on Vimeo. (click title to view)
Ideas discussed regarding how we and our children can become more aware of the outside world:
- Place mats of different places – discussion topics at dinner
- World map (same as above)
- Holidays – different traditions and cultures
- clothing – dress up for different cultures etc.
Sheri closed with a copy of Solitude and Leadership which was a speech delivered at the US Military Academy at West Point in October 2010.
She says it’s a must-read, especially for parents with older children.