Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hanukkah - The 5Th Night

I saw these advertisements recently for my private elementary school. You see, I grew up in West Philadelphia and if you had a choice you absolutely did not go to public school, you went to any kind of private school you could find. We, obviously, are not Catholic, so we went to a Jewish prep school (we actually could have gone Quaker but that thought didn't cross my parents' minds till my sister was ready for school so, she went to a Quaker elementary school instead)

Anyway, back to these advertisements. They make mention how students who go to their schools have better morals and values because of what they are taught there and the last one had this girl with short hair and how she recently donated her hair to a girl who had lost her hair to cancer. It is to get you to think how wonderful of her. I want my children to have the same type of values as this little girl; I want to send my children to the same school.

If I could actually afford it, would I want to send my daughters to this school? Well, yes because it is a Jewish Day school and my Alma Mater but not necessarily because of the values it teaches. Did I not get those from my parents?

It did get me thinking of the Princess' values and all the types of things the Princess has done to give back to the community at her ripe old age of 7, though.

  1. She has donated her hair to Locks of Love, twice and at this moment is growing it out to do it a third time
  2. She has donated her piggy bank money to MANNA, an organization that provides meals and other specialized services to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness, every year since she is 4
  3. Last year on days that she had vacation but her sister did not she offered to go in and read books to her sister's preschool and wants to do it again this year
  4. Every year on her birthday and on Hanukkah she selects one of her new toys and donates it to the Marines Toy Drive
  5. Ever since her sister was diagnosed with a mild form of Autism, she has been an immense help to me and help to her sister giving up her own free time most of the time to do it
Did I mention she is only 7?

With all that is going on with Miss Sunshine, I want to take out some time for the Princess and say just how proud I really am of her. I highly doubt it is the values I learned from that school but definitely those I learned from my parents. I am glad to see that it is being passed down to the Princess. She does still fight me, throw her hissy fits and tantrums but, there are still good values and a very good 'Neshuma' soul sprouting and growing inside of her. She truly is becoming a wonderful young lady.


Anonymous said...

no wonder you're so proud of her - it sounds like you're a terrific mom, raising a terrific daughter.

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NH Knitting Mama said...

I think you're whole family is full of goodness. You have lots of reasons to be proud - of your children and yourself.

NH Knitting Mama said...

eta - YOUR whole family, not you're whole family! That's what I get for commenting at 4:34 in the morning.

Channon said...

Oh, tears... NHKM said it perfectly...

RandomRanter said...

Stop making me cry! But seriously, it sounds like you have a wonderful and generous girl.

Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

Your princess is very special. A generous soul. :-)