Last year, I came up with the idea of Volunteer week. I noticed that the boys are really (really, really, really) self-absorbed and thought it would be good to try to do something for someone else. This was our first Volunteer Week, so we started small. Here is how it went:
1) We survived!
2) Monday, we picked up trash in the forest. We not only picked up several garbage bags of trash, but no one got poison ivy! It was so hot that we could not do as much of this as we would have liked…we hope to pick up trash on the walk to the store another time, but hey, it was a start.
3) Then, we got to work on the play version of Jonah and the Clown Fish. We took the script from the movie we made last summer and converted it to a four person play. We made props (our head-dresses came out great!) and learned our lines.
4) Thursday, we brought pizza to my brother, who is disabled and does not get out, and performed our dress rehearsal for him. He found it pretty stressful, as we weren’t too smooth…but I think he appreciated the effort. He certainly appreciated the pizza.
5) Today, we went to Lynn House–the Christian Science Nursing Home where my mom works. We put on Jonah and the Clown Fish for an audience of between six and ten people (a few came and went.) We were a bit rough, but it was great fun. And as an added bonus we saw my friend Pat, who was in town helping out at Lynn House.
So…over all, I’d call Volunteer Week a success. Hopefully, as the boys grow, we can get more ambitious.