At the core of every Mindful Littles event we do are three Cs: Children, Compassion and Community. Â Earlier this week these three facets came together in an overwhelmingly positive experience, as we marched in our local hometown 4th of July parade with a community quilt made by the contributions of several families- most notably Ninon Shesgreen of Vagabond Ruth.
As I wrote about recently, the latest Mindful Littles venture was inspired by a card we made during a #WeeklyKindnessProject last fall. Â Shesgreen turned that card made out of construction paper into a beautiful and meaningful work of art. Â The quilt represented community and diversity, as local families donated unique heart patches that were weaved into the American flag quilt. Â Like all other Mindful Littles events, our diversity initiative was also focused on inspiring our children how to be more compassionate toward one another- helping littles appreciate our differences and similarities and helpingÂ families start the diversity dialogue.
On the morning of the parade, we gathered as a group of about 30 people to get ready for the march. Â The kids distributed candy into different pails excited to pass them out to the crowds. Â We created “Acts of Kindness” signs and finished rolling up 300 Kindness Calendars to hand out. Â We also took a moment to celebrate the completion of the diversity quilt.
As we walked by the crowd in our small hometown parade, there were moments that felt surreal- seeing familiar faces and smiles, waving to friends in the crowds, hearing the applause and watching spectators respond to our kindness signs by “hugging their friend,” “giving their parents a high five” or even “saying I love you.” Â A project created BY our community was now being celebrated WITH our community. Â The march was truly an example of the ripple effects of compassion and the positivity we can generate together- starting with our littles. Â We can’t wait to be a part of the parade again next year! Â #differentheartsunitedasone