A baby shower morphed into a meet-the-baby party after two date delays due to winter weather. It was a fun day, perhaps better this time around because several people who hadn’t yet met my granddaughter got a few snuggles.
It was a casual gathering with just the right mix of a little structure and lots of time to chat or snack or draw.
The hosts, my oldest daughter and sister, had 26 pages, each with a letter of the alphabet. The instructions were to draw something that starts with that letter.
A is for apple.
B is for bee.
C is for cat.
Some of us challenged artistic types go a bit sassy.
N is for nothing. (blank page)
Y is for yellow. (yellow scribble)
Others were very creative, either with the word choice or the illustration.
G is for Great-Grandma.
When everyone was done, pages were placed in album sleeves and bound into a book.
A dozen people combined their various skills to complete a keepsake. Not all the people see each other often or know each other well, but they had a common focus.
Isn’t that how community works at its best? We walk alongside each other, even if for only a brief time, to encourage or help someone. We each give a little, and often provide the ABCs of what’s needed.
Offer a couple letters to others today with your generosity, creativity, and selflessness.