I spent a lot of time in the hospital when I was pregnant because I was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. During those brief hospital stays, my son was bored out of his mind. He was fortunate to be able to play with an iPad. But after explaining to him that most kids in the hospital don’t have iPads, he wondered what they do to keep busy.
We are lucky enough to live on a property with plenty of room for a large organic garden. Between the bugs, disease and deer, our garden has been a lot of work! And with a new baby, I wasn’t even going to attempt to try to grow late season crops. As a result, we have been missing out on our daily dose of local produce.
Since cold frames and root cellars are not on the agenda for us, we turned to the next best thing . . . a CSA share! For Good Deed #7, I signed up for a winter produce share.
Our 6th Good Deed is influenced by the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Monster and I decided to write love notes to our friends and family. I cut out little strips of paper, and Monster wrote a person’s name on one side. On the other side, I wrote (and Monster dictated) one or two things that he loves about that person.
I love reading magazines. They are a fantastic resource for craft ideas, recipes, parenting tips, fun things to do and more. But every month I used to end up with a grocery bag full of magazines.
Rather than toss them in the garbage, I would try to pass them along to someone else. I would post them on Freecycle, Craigslist and local Yahoo parents group. I would offer them to friends and family. But usually I had very few takers.
So I found a new solution . . . Zinio.
I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law who loves to spoil her grandchildren. She single-handedly outfitted my baby with enough clothes for her first two years of life. And because she is such an expert at finding good deals, I actually have more than enough clothes. I am choosing to fulfill Good Deed #3 and donate the clothing to a worthy cause.
For our first of 52 good deeds this year, Monster and I created bird feeders. I have had this on my list of things to do for years now. The goal was to feed some hungry birds and encourage wildlife to visit our home. Plus, we recycled a pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving to make the bird feeder using this idea from Martha Stewart.
In the spirit of new year resolutions and inspired by the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I am resolving to finally commit to doing more good deeds for the earth and for my community. I have been looking for ways to teach my 6 year old about helping others so that he can develop a stronger sense of responsibility and empathy. Every night, I tell myself that tomorrow will be the day that we bake cookies for some firefighters or bring coloring books to kids in the hospital. And then life gets in the way and I postpone our charitable work for another day.