Our Advent card today read: “Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13 Write a letter of gratitude to a soldier today.
The kids were really interested in this on the way to school. There were many questions asked. Fletcher was concerned as to how the letters would get there. I assured him I had an address of where we could send them. These cards often lead to great discussion amongst us all, today was no different. We talked about how brave and courageous a person would have to be to join the military. We also discussed how they have to be away from their family and friends for long periods of time. They all agreed that would be pretty terrible.
We also discussed how sometimes people don’t show the military or police officers or fire fighters, people who protect and serve their respect. Cooper, who is super into history and wars in particular, talked about how he read that after the Vietnam War people were yelling and spitting at soldiers when they returned. This confused many of the young humans in my car and led to a lengthy explanation from mom. Totally fine by me…I love to talk about all things history!
We discussed how if they ever see a soldier in uniform they should tell them “thank you for your service,” or tip their hat or buy their meal. That would be a really awesome way to show their appreciation. Ellen pointed out she doesn’t usually carry money with her (always practical our Ellen). I assured her that if she wanted to do that for someone I’d cover the cost. Ellen also let me know when she got in the car that they saw a police officer at school and the girls all shouted “thank you for your service.” Wish I could have seen that one!
Either way our card today led to another good chat.
We were blessed with another 55 degree day and spent our afternoon playing another intense soccer game. After dinner, homework, showers and board games it was time to call it a day.
I’m grateful for our time in the car and our Advent conversations.
In other news KSHSAA overturned their original decision to not allow parents at basketball games. So now 2 parents will be able to attend. Glad to see they reversed that decision! I know many breathed a sigh of relief!
So all and all a good day was had by all!