Dan and Hannah and A Cool Yule Story

In a recent AARP magazine, I read about a giving tradition that Marlo Thomas and her husband Phil Donahue practiced with their grandchildren.  She is the outreach director for St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the world’s leading pediatric cancer research centers.  She has thought about how to develop a generous heart.

The couple gave each of their grandchildren $40 and told them to give it away.  They’d take time figuring out what really mattered to them,” she recalls. “It showed that money isn’t just something you spend on yourself.  It grew their gratitude.  That’s what you’re trying to do with children: grow their spirit.”

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Max, Molly, Owen, and Tip

So, considering inflation, we gave our grandsons Owen (6) and Max (4) fifty dollars to give away.  We wrote a check to their mom, our daughter Molly, and knew if anything was going to happen it was because Molly and her hubby Tip would come up with something.  And did they ever!

Arriving on the Wednesday before Christmas to look after our grandsons, Hannah and I see that Max has an envelope for his library yoga teacher.  The poetic note said…

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Similar to the envelope given to the library yoga teacher

The boys gave envelopes with two $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards enclosed to Owen and Max’s teachers, the mail lady, a guy at Trader Joe’s that is always friendly and kind, both story time librarians, and the boys’ babysitter.

It’s just brilliant.  So, thank you Molly, Tip, Marlo, and Phil for planting these seeds

8 thoughts on “Dan and Hannah and A Cool Yule Story

  1. This is a beautiful idea and exponentially expands the joy of the season. How like you, Dan, to embrace this and make it happen! Wishing you and yours the best of holidays!

  2. Awesome ❤️❤️❤️. Actually, this reminds me a little of the movie “Pay It Forward”. I would love to re-write the movie with a different ending, but the concept comes through loud and clear. Marlo Thomas is a beautiful soul for sure. And so are you and Hannah. Happy holidays, my friend. Just keep being you and this world will be a better place for it. 🥰

  3. What an extremely cool idea. Fantastic way to foster gratitude and to allow children to experience the gift of giving to others. I love this idea. Hats off to Marlo and Phil, Dan and Han for passing it on, Molly and Tip for their great ideas, and of course, Max and Owen! Isn’t it nice to imagine a world where everyone did this? With thanks to you, we are off to a good start!

    Live well. Love much. Laugh often. T


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