Wow. I’ve set expectations kind of high today. Maybe we can change the world with just a smile? But here’s the thing. We have to start somewhere. Are we all about ourselves and what we are entitled to and deserve, or are we about doing what’s best in a larger sense, for our family, for our community, for the world?
Talking about this with kids is important, because what you learn at home and in elementary school sticks with you for the rest of your life. It can be hard to imagine how you, as a six year old, can become one of those people who makes a difference. As I mentioned the other day, the Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer shows how people like Jackie Robinson and Jane Goodall started on the path to change. Or you could read A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards and G. Brian Karas.
Mrs. Goldman knits for others but never seems to have a hat of her own on the cold, blustery days. Sophia, who knits poorly but makes awesome pom-poms, sets out to right that small wrong in the world. It’s that simple. We can all make metaphorical hats for our communities. Whether you’re Mrs. Goldman or Sophia, you have the power! Get out there and do something kind, people.
Read, enjoy, start making hats.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards and G. Brian Karas