K is for Kind #AtoZChallenge

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” 

winnie the pooh/ a.a. milne

There’s nothing that fills my heart to the brim more than witnessing my grandson’s many acts of kindness. He inherited it from his dad, who is one of the most generous and giving people I know. Beej is seven years old and he’s teetering on the brink of being an almost big kid. He’s not a little kid but he’s still young. And that puts him dangerously close to the age when a kid can get snotty at times. They tend to lose that young innocence that’s so sweet. So far, Beej is as giving and kind as he has ever been.

He often shares his dessert with me or my husband. It’s interesting to see who is the grandparent of favor on any given day. (Most of the time it’s me. Not bragging. It’s just the way it is.) One day after breaking his cookie in half and giving me my share, he took a bite out of his half. My husband jokingly asked where his piece was. Beej split the remainder of his cookie in half and handed it to my husband, who began to protest. I shushed him because I knew that Beej’s gesture was sincere. Having solved that problem and ensuring his grandpa wasn’t feeling left out, he took another bite of his much smaller cookie. The piece that remained was squished between his thumb and a finger when Uncle Andy arrived home from work. Andy was unaware of anything that was going on. Beej looked at the slightly large crumble of cookie that he had left and with an almost imperceptible sigh, attempted to break it into two pieces. He set it on a napkin and placed it at his uncle’s place at the table. As Andy entered the room, Beej said, “I left you something by your plate.”

I added, “On the napkin,” sure that he would probably brush it off thinking it was a crumb. And to be fair, it was a crumb.

Andy thanked Beej for sharing his dessert, the side of his mouth twitching to hide a smile. Beej solemnly said he was welcome and asked if he was going to eat it now. He watched as his uncle ate the crumb, then asked if he liked it. Andy solemnly nodded and said he did.

He’s such a kind child. When we went to the library recently, he stepped forward to make the automatic doors open, then held out his hand motioning for me to proceed and said, “Ladies first.” My heart melted.

This is our Beej. So much like Pooh- being aware that even uncles that look and act like very large kids but are supposedly adults like dessert.

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Trying to catch up!!

-Kat

C is for Consideration #AtoZChallenge

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”

Eeyore/ a.a.milne

Today’s quote comes from Eeyore, the most loveable donkey ever who doesn’t know how awesome he really is. I have a friend who is the embodiment of Eeyore. She is the most caring, giving and thoughtful person I know and yet she doesn’t recognize her own self worth. Just like Eeyore.

Eeyore has always struck me with his seemingly gloomy demeanor that adds an extra layer to his simple but deep statements.

  • “It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.”
  • “Wish I could say yes, but I can’t.”
  • “They’re funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.”
  • “No brain at all, some of them [people], only grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake, and they don’t think. Said Eeyore.”

As I read through Eeyore quotes, I recognize myself here and there. I guess we all have a little Eeyore inside of us.

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Have a great day!

-Kat

A is for Adventure #AtoZChallenge

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

-winnie the pooh/ A. A. Milne

This seemed like an appropriate quote to kick off the Blogging A to Z Challenge. I’ve been hunkered down in my corner of the forest for two years now and it’s time for me to venture back out into the world. As much as I’ve enjoyed being a homebody and taking advantage of the pandemic as an excuse to not go anywhere, it’s getting a bit stale. I need something new. An adventure would be the perfect thing to liven things up.

I have made a few baby steps in this direction. We are going to a family birthday party this weekend. I have plans to go see a live show of one of my favorite podcasts that is coming to a nearby city. I ate in a restaurant last week!!!

While these might seem like small things, for me and my best friend, Anxiety, this is huge. And to clarify, I’ve always struggled with varying degrees of anxiety but this one is a new one. It’s pandemic-related. It took me by surprise. I guess I expected to reach a point where I felt comfortable being around many people in public settings and I would do it. That hasn’t been the case. I’m okay with the things I did regularly for the last two years but I struggle with being around people who are not wearing masks.

I’m working on it. I’m talking with people about it. I’m using coping strategies. I’m saying no when it’s too much. I’ll get there.

Until then, I’ll take baby steps out of my corner of the forest to the place where the others are. I know I’ll get there and Adventure will be waiting.

Happy Weekend!

-Kat

We Can Learn a Few Things From Pooh

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Winnie the Pooh is the creation of author A. A. Milne. He is a friendly honey-loving bear who lives in The Hundred Acre Woods with his friends- Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and others. It is through Pooh’s adventures that he learns about life. The stories are simple, obviously having been written for a young audience but the lessons learned are much bigger.

We can learn a lot from that silly old bear-

Friends play an important role in Pooh’s life. By trial and error, he teaches us to cherish our friends, take care of each other and enjoy our time together.

It’s important to pay attention to details. This applies in all things- from communicating with others to watching where you are going. All it takes is one small oversight to find yourself headed in the wrong direction. Pooh’s love of honey and sometimes distracted air lands him in more than a few mishaps.

Sometimes it is better to think things through before acting and if you are unsure of what to do, go ahead and ask. There’s no thing as a silly question. Pooh reinforces this idea repeatedly when he is undecided and looking for some guidance.

We are all different. Piglet laments his small size. Tigger looks for other orange with black striped bouncy companions. In the end, they show us that it’s good to embrace those differences in ourselves as well as each other.

If you look hard enough, you can find goodness in anything. Eeyore loves to be gloomy but even he is able to find the positive…most of the time. 🙂

Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination- as Pooh shows us time and time again as he hunts down honey.

Pooh talks about love, especially with his pal, Piglet. It reinforces the importance of letting the important people in your life know that they do matter.

While Pooh often worries about a time when he might have to go on without his friends beside him, Christopher Robin’s words of wisdom are ones that ring true no matter what your age or situation-

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.”

Each week, Ronovan from Ronovan Writes encourages us to Be Wonderful on Wednesday. Be sure to head over to his blog to check out his post by clicking on his blog name above and find other wonderful posts under the #BeWoW.

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