Volunteering Strengthens the Parent-Child Bond

My 11 year old son, E, and I volunteered at St. Ben’s Church on Thanksgiving when our own plans fell through.  We had such a wonderful time that we are now in full-fledged volunteering mode.  We have signed up to volunteer at the same church on Christmas Day;  I’m Jewish and my husband’s family is in the UK, so after E has opened all his presents and played with his stuff for a while, we are at a loss for something to do.  There is always the “traditional Jewish” Christmas Day celebration which is Chinese food and a movie.  We are all anxiously awaiting the opening of The Adventures of TinTin.  My son has been reading the TinTin books for about 5 years.  His Dad still reads to him every night at bedtime.   We have 21 books in 7 volumes and he knows them so well that he notices when there are continuity issues.  It’s pretty funny.  Maybe he can get a job as a Continuity Script Supervisor when he grows.  But, I digress.

The Thanksgiving meal was a buffet and we worked at different stations, handing out food.  The Christmas meal at St. Ben’s is a sit down affair where the volunteers wait on the guests.   I think E will enjoy that even more.  Dad will be in the kitchen (as he should be!!!), cooking a nice meal for us.   Next, we’ll be signing up to volunteer on Easter Sunday.   I didn’t even realize that churches offered an Easter Sunday meal, but I’m glad they do!

E really wants a pet that he can fondle.  Unfortunately, he has been responsible for the demise of 2 adorable guinea pigs.  I am certain he didn’t mean to kill them;  he’s like Lenny in “Of Mice and Men” who kills the rabbits, unintentionally, by loving them too hard.  As all of the care of the aforementioned guinea pigs came to be my responsibility (what a shock, eh?), I was very upset when we lost RolyPoly I.   When RolyPoly II met the same fate a year later, I was devastated and realized that we needed a sturdier pet.  Dogs are too much work, I would get a kitten but my best client is so allergic to cats that we couldn’t continue to work together if I had a pet cat.  So, why not volunteer at an animal shelter?  It’s the best of both worlds.  E and I get to interact and care for pets for a few hours a week without all that nasty work and responsibility.  We currently have a goldfish.  Guess who’s changing the water every week?  We have our orientation meeting this Saturday and we are both looking forward to it!

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