On Sunday, I co-hosted the Orlando Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic. The night before, the husband and I were explaining to baby girl that we would be going to the picnic and that we were going to be helping people. We told her that we’d be collecting items that would be given to people who needed them. This led to a resurfacing of a previous conversation concerning people who don’t have as much as we do. It also led to many questions/comments from her:
- “Why do some people not have houses?”
- “But, if they sleep on the streets…that’s dangerous!”
- “When did we not have a house?”
After answering all her questions and feeling good that she was actually understanding this concept, she proceeded to break my heart…in a good way.
“Maybe one day…daddy can go work more and get even more money and we can build them a house!”
Oh baby girl, how I wish we could. That sure would be great.
After the initial laughter between my husband and I about her sending him to do more work, I sat there in the car on our way home and had to really fight back the tears. I was so proud of my girl and that she not only understood, but that she also wanted to help.
During the picnic itself, it was bittersweet to see local homeless families at the event. While it was nice to see the kids enjoying themselves and having fun with other kids attending, including my daughter, it was really sad to know that at the end of the day, they wouldn’t have a home to go to.
One day, though, perhaps as a community, we’ll be able to fulfill my baby girl’s hopes of being able to “build them a house” and help everyone.
For another story about my girl and how sweet she’s acting these days, head over to read about her Big Sister Love.
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and work in co-hosting the Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic.