What Matters Mondays – October 3, 2016

October 3rd, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment

I work hard every day to help my boys learn the important lessons in life, and I am so incredibly grateful when other adults step up to help too. It takes a village after all to raise great kids!

Last week, I got a call in the middle of the school day from my youngest son. He said, “Hi mom! Can you give me Amma and Papa’s (Lyle’s parents) home phone number?” I said I could and asked him why he needed it. He told me that one of his teachers had called him down to the office and gave him a mission. Of course I was curious and asked what the mission was. He said, “Well mom, Mr.Krupa was in charge in the office for a bit today, and he decided to call kids down during advisory block to give them missions. My mission was to phone Amma and Papa and tell them how much I love them.”

The phone went silent, as I was wiping my tears and I said, “Can you please tell Mr.Krupa that I love him?” Spencer awkwardly giggled and said he would, said goodbye and sounded really eager to get off the phone to complete his special task.

At the end of the day, I asked Spencer if he completed his mission. He told me that they weren’t home, so he left them a message. His message was, “Hi Amma and Papa! I guess you’re not home. I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and I hope you have a good day.” He was so happy as he told me this. He then shared other challenges kids were given….all of them involved reaching out to connect and show gratitude to the people in their lives who truly mattered.

On Saturday evening, I was at a function with my mother in law. She came over and asked me if Spencer had told me what he did. Her face beamed. She understood that it was a task from Mr.Krupa, but she was so grateful that he accepted it and did it with such excitement and love. We both agreed that we need more Mr.Krupa’s in the world. We need people who help our youth practice gratitude, reach out in more ways than texting, and focus on what truly matters in their lives. They are kids…they need to be taught these great lessons along the way!

This likely started out as a fun way for Mr.Krupa to pass the time while holding down the fort in the office, but in that fun so many lessons were learned and so many hearts were touched.

I will tell you, doing something like this impacts the person receiving it, but it also has an incredible impact on the person delivering the message. It feels good to stop and be grateful!

Who can you reach out to today? Who needs to hear how much they matter?

 

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