Matter of heart

Buzz came back from school with an envelope, 3 pages of instructions and talked about heart, jump, donation, puppies. With a lot of things on my mind and emotionally not open to taking in everything she was talking about, I told her we would talk about it in a few days. With a long face, she walked away.

A couple of days later she came back and talked again. The school was hosting an event to support American Heart Institute and the kids were all to jump rope based on the money they collected, to educate about the importance of exercising and keeping the heart healthy. Could I donate some money, so that she could participate? Also there were different stuffed toy puppies that the kids earned based on the amount of money they collected, and she really wanted a couple of those.

I sat her down and explained that the idea behind the money raising drive was not asking parents to give the money. It was about talking to people, raising awareness about heart health and asking them for donate for the cause. Hard hearted mom that I was, I could not make things easy for her and give her money just so that she could get some stuffed toys and participate in the jumping rope activity in school. If she really wanted to do it, she had to do it all. Go talk to people and ask for money. We would donate some as well, but only if she did some work first.

She sat on the idea for a couple of days. Asked questions on how she could raise money. The grocery store, knocking door to door, the mall – ideas we came up with.

We were heading to the grocery store yesterday and she carried her envelope. She said her ‘excuse mes’ as she walked up to someone. Explained what she was doing and asked her question. ‘Could you contribute may be $5?’ She thought it would be easy. With $100 her goal, she did her math and figured all she needed to do was ask 20 people and she would be done. The script of course did not work as planned. A handful of people gave her a dollar or two but mostly all she heard was ‘All the best, but sorry!” After about 30 or so tries, there were tears in her eyes, here voice heavy. I told her I was proud of her for putting herself out there and knew it was not easy to hear ‘no’, but collecting money was not easy either. I asked her to stop and we could try again later. Demoralized we came back home.

Back home as she counted her money, $11.50, D encouraged her and told her that we would match everything she collected. $23 already she finally laughed.

Today after school we went to the mall. ‘There are more people there’, she told me. As I sat with my book, she walked around and made her case. After yesterday’s experience she took nos with a lot more grace. She smiled and thanked people. She talked and made a better case. At one point she spend 10 or so minutes talking to a mom and returned with a huge smile and 65cents in her hand. She jumped with excitement with every amount that she raised. And then when she was tired, she came and said ‘Lets go home Mumma!’

Current count is $54.34. She has also made a deal with D to convert her $4.34 to $5. $55 and matched by us she comes to $110. She couldn’t be more excited. We couldn’t be more proud. She did it on her own. She learned and can say she raised the money. I learned as well and can say, always be kind to kids trying to do something like this, even when you say no for whatever your reasons might be. Kindness goes a long way and the kids remember those more that even the amount of money they get. Buzz definitely talked more about those people than anyone else.

As she takes the money in to school tomorrow, she has to deal with a new challenge. Jump rope 220 times. Wish her luck!

 

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22 thoughts on “Matter of heart

  1. You tackled it really nicely! And hugs Buzz handled it really well…
    I remember the times when we knocked at doors to get some donations and then forced Mom and Dad to add in to it! Memories revisited.

  2. Way to go Buzz! She really is a wonderful girl. I loved the way you explained everything to her. With all this she even learned to take a no gracefully. 🙂

  3. Feeling super proud of your little Buzz Comfy…how much has she grown!
    Tell me she did her 220 jumps with grace and had great fun while at it..and oh, the puppies are home too 🙂 Wishing her lifetime of hard earned success stories like these and beyond {{Hugs}}

    I always get glimpses of ‘whats coming next in parenting Paapu’ through your posts of Buzz..and this one is such an eye opener. Thank you, points noted! 🙂

    1. She did her 220 jumps without a complain and was excited about the puppies (which turned out to be different from what she expected, but they are cute and she is happy)
      On Paapu’s end, write something no. Been forever since we got to read about the kids.

    1. I am glad she learned something out of it. It would have been so easy for us to make an online account and ask friends and family to donate on Facebook, but her learning out of it would have been nothing. This parenting thing is hard work no? 🙂

      1. But its so rewarding to see your kid act so sensibly and with responsibility. That’s the biggest reward of being a parent. Be proud of what you did Comfy 🙂

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