Tag: Our Heroes

Just Joking?

just jokingJust Joking is something bullies say. Jokes are funny and jokes make everyone laugh but it is not just joking if everyone isn’t laughing. Do you ever hear someone say, “I didn’t mean anything… I was I was just joking?” Bullies don’t have to hit or pinch or say mean things. Sometimes bullies just laugh and that’s all it takes to hurt someone and ruin their day. Do you ever laugh at someone when he or she falls down, spills something or makes a mistake? I hope not because if you came to visit me here, I want you to be my friend. MY friends aren’t mean. In fact MY friends try to help people and animals when they are hurting or sad or being bullied. MY friends stand up to bullies and they make a difference for so many people and animals.

Just Joking?

I can’t walk away when I see someone being bullied. I have to do something and I hope you feel the same way and stick up for those who are being bullied. Everyone has to do their part and everyone has to be friends with the kids who are being bullied. Many times the bully will back dowjust jokingn if someone tells them to stop. Guess what? Sometimes bullies become bullies because they were bullied themselves. Sometimes they need to have someone explain things to them about just joking.

Sometimes you can say something like, “How would you feel if you were jumping rope and fell down and someone pointed at you and laughed at you?” Would you feel sad? Why do you want to make anyone feel sad? Would you think that they were just joking?

Please come back and visit soon because there are some special kids who are trying to do their part to make a difference and put an end to bullying.

911 Bullies

911Today is September 11, 2015 or as many people say, 911. Grownups have serious memories about what happened on this day in 2001. I wasn’t even born then so I only know what people tell me about it. What I do know is that I am very proud to be an American! My ancestors were from Wales but I was born right here in the good old USA! I feel good every time I look at our flag because I have learned about history and the things that make our country so great!

From what I hear about 911, some people decided to try to hurt us here in our own country and that was pretty scary. The good part is that we are so much more prepared for those kinds of things now. I guess we got much smarter. Just like there are good people, there are also bullies in the world.

Bullies seem to try to hurt people and the victims need to get smarter so that they can take care of themselves better. Lots of times, bullies think that they are smarter and stronger and they think that the rules don’t apply to them. Guess what? They are wrong!

9-11 Bullies

Every time someone helps the victim of a bully and every time a victim stands up to a bully, the bullies lose their strength and that’s a good thing. It is the same with the bullies from 9-11 and the same for other bullies. Even though we are kids, we can do things that will make the world a better place just by being kind and helping out those who need support in our own schools and neighborhoods.

911 BULLIES

Today is a special day to honor our soldiers because they are doing all they can to support our people and our country so there won’t be another 911. It’s so important to say “thank you” to everyone who helps us in any way. I love to say “thank you.” How about you?

Words or How You Made Them Feel

words and how they made them feelMy human mom was listening to some people talk about what words to use wen meeting new people.They were talking about wanting to make good impressions with their words.  My mom said that people remember how you make them feel and not about your exact words.

I thought about that a lot and I know she is right. Do you want to know why? Well I’ll tell you. When I mess up on something, she knows what to do to make me feel better. I can’t remember the words she uses but I sure know how she makes me feel.

She remembers how they made her feel, not their words.

There is a great story she tells about getting lost after a conference one night in Philadelphia. It was at about 10 PM and she thought she remembered the parking garage where she parked her car but it wasn’t there. After seeing that there were many more nearby garages, she worried that she might not find it.  She went to a hotel lobby and asked a man to help her. It was wintertime and she was cold and tired. The man’s name was George and he tried to help her find it but they couldn’t find her car.

George told her of someone who might be able to help her and they went to see Juan. George told Juan the situation and my human mom and Juan set out to find the car. It was after midnight. They walked from garage to garage and didn’t give up. Finally they found the car. My mom was so relieved and she and Juan exchanged phone numbers so that they could meet again.

People asked my mom after that happened how she dared to wander around the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night with two strangers. She said, “I don’t remember what they said but they made me feel safe. They made me feel like they cared. They made me feel like they were my friends.”

Guess what? They were and still are!

Empathy Is Caring

empathyWhen I think about things that have made me the happiest, I think about people and animals that have shown how much they care because they had empathy. Empathy shows caring. Don’t you agree? It’s really strange because I keep hearing people say that money will make them happy or a bigger house or a nicer car will make all of the difference. I hear kids say that if they could be on the football team or in the popular group, they would be happy.

Do you know what I think? I think that when people place focus on one special thing to make them happy, they will miss all of the wonderful things that might make all of the difference for them. They forget to show or appreciate empathy.

Someone shared this story with us. I think it may change your day. At the very least, it will help you understand caring and empathy.

Empathy

“A storeowner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough a little boy appeared under the storeowner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” the little boy asked. The storeowner replied, “anywhere from $30 to $50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37” he said. “May I please look at them?” The storeowner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?” The storeowner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered that it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy I want to buy.” The storeowner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”

The storeowner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.” To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the storeowner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands.”

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

Veterans Day
Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and it is a special day to remember and honor our service men and women. It is important to spend some time thinking about why we celebrate Veterans Day.

Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and it was first celebrated in 1938 to honor the soldiers that served in WW I. Later November 11th became the date for Armistice Day. That date was chosen because the war ended on November 11, 1938. In 1954, since the United States had been involved in two more wars (World War II and the Korean War) the holiday was renamed Veterans Day. The purpose was to honor the soldiers that fought in all three wars.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day because Memorial Day honors all the men and women that died serving the United States in a war. Veteran’s Day is a celebration for all of the soldiers who are still alive and who served in the armed forces at any time during wartime and peace time.

Do you know about the Young Marines Veterans Appreciation Week? Well, I’ll tell you. The Young Marines is a non-profit youth education and service program for girls and boys from age 8 through the 12th grade.

“The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction Efforts.”

Each year for one week, the Young Marines go across the country.  They dedicate time to help our nation’s veterans and show appreciation to them. They do things like sending thank you cards to hospitalized veterans, cleaning up disabled veterans’ yards, visiting veterans in VA hospitals and organizing “get-togethers” to visit with local veterans. These include the members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Coast Guard.

The Young Marines set a great example for all of us. Remember that each and every one of us should do something on Veterans Day and every day to show how much we appreciate the sacrifices that our service men and women make to protect us and our country.

Happy Veterans Day and THANK YOU!

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