I wrote this on Facebook, but for those of you who don't have a FB account or don't check it, I will repost here. Plus, after The Lockout, I feel like I need to tell some positive stories about Mr. C.
On Sunday night we were watching America's Funniest Home Videos with Carson, and during a commercial my mind was wandering. Then he looked up at me very seriously, but with one eyebrow raised and said: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
I snapped back into the moment, and unless he was planning meals for the week, figuring out a way to get the stain out of Sydney's shirt and trying to remember when the Golden Globes are on, NO we weren't thinking the same thing.
"I don't know. What are you thinking?" I said.
"We NEED to give some shoes to those foster kids."
Then I realized that he had just seen a Sleep Country USA commercial that talks about collecting shoes for foster kids in Oregon. I hugged him and told him that was a very compassionate thought to have and that we would definitely get some shoes to give. I read online that they need to be new, so we are going to buy one pair and donate a new pair of Nike's that Carson got from his uncle, but that don't quite fit him yet.
I was very proud of my little man and his steps towards empathy for others. The next day when we were discussing the shoes, I asked him if he knew who foster kids were.
"Yeah," he answered. "Kids without shoes."
Weeeeelllllll....not exactly, but I gave him a very simplified version of the term and just decided to leave well enough alone. Then I thanked God that my sweet son is so fortunate that he has an EXTRA pair of new shoes to donate and that he lives such a safe, secure life that he doesn't even know the term "foster." Life is unfair, and right now we're heavy on the blessing end.