I have a confession to make. I throw away nearly all of Chickie's beautiful works of art. Sure, I kept her first paintings, and her first obviously representational art is still hanging on my fridge. But generally her beautiful, lovingly-created items are unceremoniously tossed in the trash.
This morning I took two of yesterday's creations (marker-drawn) and two from today (one marker, one paint), and wrote on them, "Happy Veterans Day! -Chickie". We then went to a nearby nursing home and dropped them off so they can be distributed to veterans there.
I realized, we could start doing this on other holidays too. I think I'll start saving some of her works of art so we can go back to the nursing home for a Thanksgiving or Christmas visit. Next time we may take the time to hand-deliver them. Either way--dropping them with a staff member in the lobby or giving them out personally--it seems like such a nice way to teach the kids about spreading happiness to others.