Do you watch it? Gianna and I are ADDICTED to it. Let me say, right off, I wasn't going to. I was all set to jump on the who does Oprah think she is bandwagon and roll my eyes and NOT watch it. Then Gianna and I saw week 1. This show had us on the edge of our seat and ready to go out the next day and do anything to help someone. My favorite part of this "game show" is that, as the weeks have unfolded, more and more bystanders and recipients are already talking about paying it forward. I love how one simple act can act as a springboard for a series of acts that really can make a big difference. I have been trying to let this inspiration really change how I live my life.
Just two days ago, Shaye came home from school totally excited because the BOOK FAIR was coming to her school. Which is basically a publishing company sets up shop in the school gymnasium and peddles it wares to each class. Shaye had a list of 5 books from the "preview" stroll the kids were allowed to take and we could circle which ones we wanted her to purchase and send money in for her to buy them on her class's "shopping" day. Now, I have worked this book fair at my older daughter's school the last two years and let me tell you it breaks my heart to see children that you know will probably will never own a book, browsing through these books like they are treasures and other kids spending their "extra" money on $4 fancy pens. I couldn't imagine how tough it would be with 5 and 6 year olds. Due to staff logistics- ALL children must go to the book fair, whether they have money or not. Shaye has a small class- only 18 kids. So I offered her teacher "book certificates" - 1 book for each child who didn't have money to spend. Let me tell you the excitement in the classroom when she presented this "book money" to the kids. (I was just there to help at the book fair as far as they knew.) They chose books about sharks and princesses and dinosaurs. It cost just $31.92 to give eight children a book of their own. Better than that? Two parents working the book fair were blown away by the idea and offered it to their children's classrooms and one father wants to challenge the PTO to set up a school-wide(K-2) opportunity next year where parents can purchase "book money" to be handed out, so that every child can purchase at least one book. To be a part of something so wonderful- what a feeling!