What Moms Will Do For Their Kids…

 

(My friend, the super-mom, sent me this true story of how she ‘helped’ her kids learn one of those scout-type lessons. Amazing, the lengths we’ll go to for our kids, eh?  😉 WC )

We had our Daisy troop meeting at Oakwood Park this afternoon so we could work on our “Making the World a Better Place” petal by going around the park picking up litter.  I got there with a handful of plastic grocery sacks so each girl could fill her own bag with litter.  Then we were going to talk about recycling as we took any bottles and cans we found and put them in a separate recycling bag. 

So, while the girls are playing before we get started, I look around and….. the park is spotless!!  No litter anywhere!!  Nothing!!  Our petal earning was in serious jeopardy

The only thing I could think of was to send my older daughter to our van (where there happens to be plenty of litter) to get some litter and go out and sprinkle it around ahead of us as we got started.  She said she got some strange looks from people as she was boldly and deliberately littering.  That is, before they saw our Daisies way behind on the trail squealing as they raced to pick up the scraps.

Thank God one of the boys playing basketball happened to finish his water bottle so we had something to recycle!

Technically, we didn’t really make the world a better place but I think they got the idea 😉  Too bad there isn’t a “Make your leader’s van a better place” petal.  😉

(LOL- that’s what I call ingenuity!  WC)

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15 thoughts on “What Moms Will Do For Their Kids…

  1. It is amazing the lengths we go for our children.
    There’s got to be some kind of weird genetic mix-up when we have children as our brains begin working on a different level.
    Great story.
    ~m

    It definitely seems to rewire the brain. I’ve seen it time and again. In my case, it seems to extend to pets too. 😉
    WC

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  2. I just have to tell you the follow up… I was telling my mom the story last night and when I got to the part where there wasn’t any litter anywhere, my little one piped up “Yes there was Mom!” “It was all over!” “You were just being blind that day” (She has no idea I had taught big sister to go forth and litter 😉 )

    LOL – the little one will twig on it when she’s about 12 – and it will probably be one of her favorite stories about you that she tells her own kids. 😉
    WC

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  3. Yea, it will be one of those -pop awake at 2am realizations- and she’ll laugh. Hysterical pic by the way!! That is a keeper!! And, yes, you’ve had that strange parent way of thinking for way long time. Pets do it and loving the kids in your life does it too.
    Love ya!
    Kelly

    Did you get a big guffaw outta the pic? I knew you would. It was so fortuitous that your story came along just in time to make the match. 😆
    WC

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  4. HA HA! Wow. I want to know where they live…our creekbed is always littered with plastic bags and bottles after storms. They can come earn their petals in my ‘hood.

    Hey Lass,
    Well, I’m sure that they’d appreciate that but the hike would be hundreds of miles and I’m thinking the little Daisies might wilt a bit and get blisters on their tiny, little feet. I’ll pass it along though, if they ever plan a field trip to Texas. 😉
    WC

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  5. Hi WC,

    Now, if that had happened to me, and I had followed the sly plan presented, I would have been ticked by the local police for littering. Then, when I explained what was going on to the judge, he would have ordered the prosecutor to add “corrupting a minor” to my list of offenses. Child Protective Services would have whisked my child off to a foster home, and I would be writing this from jail. Oh, and that would be the day I finally win the lottery. My wife would cash the ticket, and leave me to rot in the poky while she started a world tour.

    Can you tell that I haven’t been feeling very lucky lately?

    the Grit

    Wow Grit,
    Between the original story and your spin, we practically have a Laurel and Hardy movie. Sorry about your luck – could be it will change soon?
    WC

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  6. Hi WC,

    PS I like the new header, although the bird is kind of Hitchcock scary.

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Hey, thanks for noticing the new look. You know, Hitchcock scary is right and exactly why I chose it. hehe. 😆
    WC

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  7. OT, but inspirational.
    If you haven’t seen this, and are feeling a little down, or have some self-pity, then this video is for you.

    Hey Nuke,
    That was rocking. What a great dancer. Cripes I can’t do half that good with both feet. Cool!
    WC

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  8. That is the funniest thing, she is such a devoted mom! dressed in a girl scout dress hehehe. I guess it is never to late to join 🙂

    It is a hoot, isn’t it? Nice to see you and welcome to my little dive. Hope to see you again.
    WC

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  9. you know what though? i would do that for my kids too! now, hide a body… i don’t know about that one!

    Wow, a mother’s love. LOL – I bet you would hide the body. 😉
    WC

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  10. LOL! Thats a cool story. It amazing what parents will do for their children….
    Kelly

    Yeah, though it isn’t much of a stretch for me to imagine you doing something very similar for Zoe. 😆
    WC

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  11. My God Evyl, how’d you see inside my van!! Actually, I toss the cans out the window as I drive so there weren’t any left to sprinkle around the park. 😉

    (still off stage) Punchline! and…a rimshot! Tada!

    Score: Evyl: 1 KellyToo: 10

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  12. Oh my gawd, that’s one quick think’n mama! Making the world a better place one mini-van at a time 🙂 They say charity begins in the home, or errr, car/van!

    That’s an affirmative, Bella. She is fast on her feet. 😉
    WC

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  13. Hi WC,

    Noticing things like your banner is something that I learned quickly during 20+ years of marriage. Not that I wanted to, mind you, but my wife insisted 🙂

    As to the other, while I haven’t checked the lottery numbers yet, I’m feeling that my luck is due for an upward turn.

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    Well regardless of why you noticed the banner, I appreciate it.

    As to the lottery – hey if people from other countries who don’t even speak english can win the lotto here, why can’t we? 😉
    WC

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