Rainy afternoon here. The window is open a crack and little Sarah is watching the birds at the feeder and putting her hands out to get sprinkles of rain on them. She feels motherly toward the birds....calling them babies.
I have BBQ pork chops in the crock pot for later, and a peach pie in the oven. Rich is working late but I still have big and little children to feed and they sure do appreciate a good dinner.
I watched a documentary this afternoon during the S's naptime. It's on instant play (Netflix) and is called "Happy". I'm so glad I watched....scribbled down notes, even wiped away tears at times (watching inspiring stories of people from around the world who are living a "poorer", yet very rich in joy, lifestyle.)
One of the points brought out in the film was that "acts of kindness" toward others produces happy feelings.
Made me think of the last few days, when I was touched by some acts of sweet kindness in the children.
1. Caleb (7 years old) got "student of the week" and a pencil. Why? "A girl in my class wouldn't pick up her mess so I did it for her."
2. On Sunday, we were in a hurry to get out the door and I asked Rich to wet Sarah's hair down and brush it. He forgot and buckled her in the car seat with messy head. I went out and sat in the passenger seat, just in time to see Jacob (15 years) get carefully back in the car with wet hands to smooth down his sister's hair. He didn't know anything about the conversation between Rich and I. He just saw that she had messy hair and dealt with it himself. "I'm not sure how to do these hair clips" he said, awkwardly putting it in her hair. So I re-clipped.
3. On Sunday evening, Rich and I were out on our date and the children saw a double rainbow. When Ethan (14) saw it, he got the camera.
He took it so I could see the rainbow, too.
Quotes from the documentary:
"Sometimes we only have rice with salt but we are very happy."
"There is a tremendous sweetness in lifting someone's burden up."
"Fundamentalist groups (of religion) are generally not happy." (but people with a healthy spirituality are happier)
"Any kind of physical activity is very important for the human body."
"Happiness is not dependent on good or bad events. In general, people do really good with really bad events."
"Happy people have close family and friends."
"Variety is the spice of life."
"Work in community and experience social bonding, interaction, and cooperation"
"To laugh is very important."
"It doesn't matter what we're doing, just being together makes us happy" (this is how I feel everyday when we are all home again)