Just Say Thank You, May 16, 2013 Daily Reflection

Thank you cake

Thank you for being great Foster Grandchildren. How sweet was this cake? I created a program years ago for our 2nd graders to get to know elderly people in our parish. It was a way for the older people to reconnect to the younger ones. Each year we call people who are over 65 years of age and ask them if they would like to be a part of the program during the school year. If they say yes then we pair them with a 2nd grader who becomes their “foster grandchild” for the year. We get together 4 times a year during school. Two times we go to Mass together and every time we have snacks, games and time to talk or make crafts together. The children write them letters and cards throughout the year.

I started the program 6 years ago. Some of the children still sit with their former foster grandparents at all school Masses. Some of the foster grandparents have attended the student’s sacraments as they have aged. One student asked their former foster grandparent to be their Confirmation sponsor 5 years after the program had ended. Both the foster grandparent and grandchild feels loved and most continue their relationship as friends for years.

This was a cake that a foster grandparent made for our final gathering this year. It was so sweet to say thank you. How often do we say thank you to the people who have helped us, loved us and lifted us up throughout our lives? How often do we acknowledge those quiet people who have made such a difference in the lives of so many?

You don’t have to bake a cake or even take the time to write a thank you note but today think of someone who deserves a thank you and thank him/her.

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