I have always wanted to do something charitable with the children, but never knew what. How to do something with purpose, yet shield them from coming face-to-face with the hurt and sadness in the world? A friend suggested Project Linus for Snowball Express. Fleece blankets for children whose parents were killed in action. Perfect.
My kids knew the blankets were to comfort children who had lost a parent in action...a very scary thought, but manageable because they had no visual of those children's reality- the empty spot at the table, the flag-draped coffin, the tears and gravesite. What my children could see and feel was what they were doing to help, rather than the tragedy itself. The softness and warmth of the fleece, the effort and love we were putting into the project.
We plan to do many more blankets for Project Linus in the coming years.
The rains and the winds are scattering leaves! So pretty. I love autumn.
But what I love even more is that E feels free to be himself. :)