I strongly believe in the power of service, in the act of giving back, I believe in generosity and kindness. Growing up in a third world country there were many opportunities to volunteer. I could sit here and type all of the things I did while living in Jamaica but it's not about that. This is about how that service helped to make me who I am today and it hasn't stopped me from wanting to do more. I pray that I can teach my kids all that I learnt about being kind and loving to people in need. We are surrounded by opportunities to help, let's open our eyes do just that. The Sunday before MLK day, the kids sat to listen to this great man's speech. They sat with respect and listened. Did they understand it all, probably not, but they did respectfully focus on the man at the podium. On Monday, we watched as the 44th President, Barack H. Obama, was sworn in for his second term of office. Again, quietly respecting the words being spoken, curious maybe, but very focused on what was taking place. As soon as that was over, we went to Malaika's elementary school and picked up garbage with our friends. They didn't even pay attention to the playground, they were all excited when they would find a piece of litter and run it over to our trash bag. They were taking the job seriously and we couldn't be prouder.
At one point in they day, Liam commented about the way a person looked. It was Malaika that turned to him and said "It's not what's on the outside of a person, it's about the inside" I couldn't have said it any better...and I guess those words did mean something.