June 15, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to report a job well done.  Yesterday I was at our church cleaning and clearing out a closet there.  I needed to get it done and I wasn't sure how I was going to entertain my boys there that long.  After we were there about twenty minutes a handful of 12 year old boys showed up to play basketball.  My boys had been running around in the gym and I wondered if the older boys would be annoyed that my little guys were in the way. 

It was quite the opposite.  They were so kind to my boys.  They let them play too.  When Baden fell and cried they scooped him up and tried to calm him down.  Then after I cleared out the closet they helped me take all of the unneeded stuff to the dumpster.  So, last night I called one of their parents to tell them how impressed and touched I was by them.  The dad I spoke to said I made his day.

This week's challenge is teach someone something.  Maybe a friend has asked you to show them how you make something.  Maybe your child needs help with a certain subject over the summer.  No matter how you take the challenge, teaching is fun and rewarding.  Sharing knowledge builds you and the learner.

So, did you report a job well done?  I'd love to hear about your experience.  Thank you for being here.


  1. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm all choked up. Kids at that age get such a bad rap sometimes, but they are completely awesome. Thank you for pointing that out!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing that!! Teens and preteens always seem to have a bad reputation. And if they do something good it is just "expected" and they are not appreciated for it as they should be. Thank you!

  3. Last week I was behind one of those trucks that say "how am I driving?" and I remembered in your post you mentioned that very thing! So I called the number (while I was driving...uh-oh) and reported that they were doing a good job of driving.

    Boy did I feel stupid, but ya know...I hope it made their day, because I'm sure they rarely hear the positive side, only their mistakes.

    I wondered how we would feel if we had those on our cars, and someone called in every-time we drove like idiots?

  4. Oh this made me Tear up. I love to see/hear about young boys who are so gentlemen like. About one of the sweetest stories I've heard yet :)

  5. What a great story! Those little men will make great fathers some day! ♥

  6. two of my nieces are graduating this year...one graduated with a 3.3(ish) her entire HS career, got a full ride to UC Santa Cruz YAHOOOOO...my other niece is graduating (tomorrow) Summa Cum Laude, $20k scholarship and is moving East to go to school...of course I told them how proud I am of them...as for a stranger, I stopped a woman the other day who was walking behind two of her daughters who were riding bikes and stopped to tell her WELL DONE for having her kids wear helmets. I cannot tell you how many kids (small ones at that) who do not wear them helmets!

  7. Our twins just graduated last week on my birthday. I think you have spurred me to make a tutorial for one of my necklaces.

  8. I teach strings in the public schools (violin, viola, cello, bass) and I sometimes forget that parents like to hear when their child is doing well! I mostly contact parents when their is an issue. I love to responses I get from parents when I tell them that their child is doing a great job and I enjoy teaching them! It makes my day to have made their day! I need to remember to do that more...

    I love these suggestions you make! Always reminding us to be thinking of others!!

  9. Isn't amazing that we have cognitively think about going out of our way to express a positive moment? Negativity spreads like wildfire, gossip is always on someone's lips, harsh words are used too often. Thank you for putting us up to these POSITIVE challenges! I gave some people a Thyme plant this last week for the Time they gave in with a program this last year.


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