I never realized what a treasure this one little gift has been from my childhood home after my parents passed away. It sings a familiar tune as the metal tubes sway and tap merrily in the breeze. It lifts me up and takes me to a gentle time and place.
This thought expresses the blessed tone of my parents’ life music they sang to us.
Let our words be like wind chimes.
Tone is something we hear like wind chimes blowing in the air. What sounds do our words make…? Communication is more than what we say; it is how we say it and how we sound. As much as possible, without forfeiting what we have to say, let our words be music to people’s ears.
Posting dating ideas to support the fun of being kind:
Here is today’s RAK Date Ideas:
THEME: Be Kind To Animals
Bird feeder date: A. Pool your money and go to, Walmart, Home Depot or Lowe’s and purchase one inexpensive bird feeder (or as many as you want), a bag of bird seed, and twine or thin rope. (And/or optional a little hook holder stake that you can push into the ground with your foot. It looks like one of those shepherds crooks but its metal and can hold the feeder). B. Now the fun part. Look for a place where people can watch the birds come feed. Ideas: A Kindergarten window at a school, (ask first), a window or garden at a senior center, a Big tree where you get food at college or gather with friends at a park, a place where people sit for a bus or stop to rest from jogging… and place it there. C. In a few days go and refill it…You get an automatic second date out of this!
Doggy Park date: Go to Walmart or a grocery store and buy some doggy treats that contain bacon. Find the local doggy park and be the dog candy passer outer. Be sure to tell people this is for RAK and ask permission to feed the dogs. The dogs will love you and you will have a blast getting licked to death with your date. Then go eat bacon cheese burgers at Carl’s Jr.
Gather a bunch of old towels from your neighborhood and go buy cat and dog treats (always treats with bacon for the dogs.) Tell people the towels are for the local vets and animal shelter. Drop off the towels to the Vets or take direct to your local Animal Shelter. Then ask if you can volunteer for a few hours for RAK week. Play with the animals for awhile and pass out your treats you bought.
At a local park, pick up trash. Buy a small bag of birdseed and just spread it around the bottom of trees. Make a place clean for animals. Then have a picnic.
I support innocent/getting-to-know-you dating. It’s fun.
During Random Acts of Kindness week, the acts of kindness do not have to be big. Do small acts with someone you want to get to know better. It is a great way to have fun together…
BTW my boys: Being kind to animals was one of the things to look for….remember that road trip conversation…
The room was stuffed full of happy energy by over 100 overly excited bears! (no pun intended) They were stitched and stuffed ready and waiting to begin their new life with not just children, but anyone who needs a personal bear buddy. The seamstress has made more than 800 bears over the past eight years.
But the piece of the story that makes it holy is when asked how much she sells them for on Etsy or in boutiques she says,
“Oh they are way too expensive for anyone to purchase.”
The reason is stated VERY resolute.
Every single bear is stitched with the maker’s love. And, she says, “my love is priceless and not for sale.”
Giving them away is only a piece of the gift. She enlists “stuffers,” from her church; mostly children to come help give them life. Then for their service they get to pick one to take home.
The maker says: “There is no mouth but ears because they are perfect listeners. The arms are outstretched ready to give us unlimited hugs for anything life brings. Their furry soft bodies can be loved on in as many ways as there are the people who have them.”
This years 100 will soon be off to the Gold Star Mothers group in up-state New York who provide Christmas for veterans and their families. Her bears have brightened hospitals, the elderly, cancer patients, autistic children, hurricane/tornado victims, and people who need a special cuddle buddy. The maker told me she has just given one to a lonely elderly woman in a retirement facility who now sleeps with her bear buddy every single night. The elderly woman now has friends coveting her bear boy friend and they want one too.
I am privileged to have been given one of those bears…a true gift of love.
What can I give to Christmas?
Here is the idea my bear buddy whispered in my ear…
Once upon a Christmas season a knock taps on your door.
A strange woman with a twinkle in her eye, wearing pajamas and red slippers holds a heavy suitcase.
Will she be staying long?
What is inside?
If you choose to let her in
you may discover the fairy gold
she carries in her case.
But it is you who has to open it up
and discover what magic it can bring.
Once again I am a traveling Christmas story teller and would love to come share some fairy gold with you or your friends. Remember stories are for kids from 1-102. If you think you are too busy or too dignified, you are missing out on one of life’s best treasures!
It won’t cost you a cent except time.
It is my gift to Christmas to help spread the magic.
Happy Christmas Dears.
This my first story to share with you…
If you are a dreamer come in.
If you are a dreamer,
a magic-bean buyer.
If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire.
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
What will you give to Christmas?
It’s not just for getting…
Happy December 1st world!
We need a little Christmas…