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.”
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…
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