Monday, July 21, 2008

Big Guy has caught a bug... I hope Little Guy gets it too!

Big Guy just returned from his first full day of Mission NOW. He is attending with my nephew and his church's youth group. It is a full week of mission projects at the Good Samaritan. When I say it is a full week, I mean a full week. From 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon.

Last night he was a little anxious about the unknown of the week, but I told him that I thought this week was going to be awesome. Volunteering is like nothing else. There is no other feeling like doing for someone else. I have been volunteering since junior high: candy striper at the hospital, mission trips with church, PTO at the boy's school, church projects, etc... I am addicted to volunteering. I could tell he really wasn't quite convinced.

I wish you could have seen his face when he came home tonight. He just GLOWED! He told every detail of the work he had done. His morning was spent sorting clothes and hanging them up. He said the director was really strict and if you didn't do it right she made you do it all over again. After lunch the lady presented them with bushels and bushels of peas which had to be shelled -- by hand. Big Guy said that was his favorite! That cracked me up. Who knew my Guy was a country boy at heart?

He is already excited about going back tomorrow. They are packing Senior Boxes and delivering them to the homes of seniors who need them.

So excited seeing my Big Guy catch the volunteering bug! I hope Little Guys catches it too.

10 comments:

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Awww - that's too cute!!!

I love it when they get insprired!

Dr. Wifey said...

kudos! i think it is great that you are getting him to volunteer early in life. i really didn't do any volunteering until i got into college, but i love it! habitat for humanity is my fave. i have also volunteered at the local homeless shelter, which was so rewarding.

i'm black betty said...

that's awesome. good for them. way to go, mom!

Willow said...

Okay, when I read the title of the post in my reader, I thought maybe the lack of A/C had fried your brain... you want 'em both to have bugs? But then I read the post and it is great! So good that you're teaching volunteerism.

Deanna, I can't tell you what an inspiration you are to me in so many ways!

mayberry said...

That's great! Getting them involved at a young age is so important.

Carrie said...

Isn't it amazing how contagious the spirit of the Lord is?

I think it's so important to teach kids about helping others on a micro level and not just doing it from the outside. It seems as if there is a whole generation who aren't willing to get their "hands dirty" to help others.

Kudos to you for encouraging the spirit of volunteerism in your kids!

K Storm said...

That is wonderful!

From the Doghouse said...

That's awesome! Think he'll take Little Guy up there with him sometime this week?

Deanna said...

I don't think Little Guy will be going on this outing, but Little Guy and I have been doing some R.A.K. of our own.

Sandi said...

That's so cool ...