Yesterday was food, but today’s project was toys — significantly harder!
Before we left for Toys R Us I explained to the boys that we were going to go to a huge toy store, but we weren’t going to buy anything for us.
I told them that some families didn’t have enough money to buy their kids a Christmas present, so we were going to get some toys and bring them to police officers who would get them to the parents. I told them how this would help make sure that they felt a little bit of Santa in their hearts.
Mike and Robbie were both very sad that they wouldn’t be getting anything at the store, Robbie cried and Mike pouted “Well, nobody ever helps us!” I explained that we really didn’t need very much help, but Craig came up with the explanation that really resonated with them the most. He reminded them that superheroes don’t get help. They are able to help, so that’s what they do. Since my kids’ lives currently revolve around superheroes, I think this got the point across pretty clearly.
I asked each boy to think about what kinds of toys we should get. Chip cracked me up when he shouted “Volleyballs!” because his metallic pink one is his current favorite toy.
When we got to city hall to drop off the bags, the boys were mesmerized by this huge room filled with toys. Chip looked in wonder at the amazing loot and after a long pause turned to me and asked, “These are for friends?” And I told him yes.
I love my kids.