As an antidote to the harshness and incivility that seem to be so prevalent in our society these days, we have declared February as Kindness Month at Front Street Playschool. As a school, we have been talking about what it means to be kind, and performing random acts of kindness. One of our classes took thank you cards and treats to the Fire Department. Another stopped by the church office to sing a special song for the staff. All the classes made cards to be sent to shut-ins and people who live alone. We are working on complimenting one another and saying “please” and “thank you”.
We have been recipients of several acts of kindness too. One morning a family brought in warm doughnuts to share, and several families have told us about acts of kindness they have been inspired to do out in the community.
Later in the month the older classes will hear the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? It talks about each of us having an invisible bucket inside us. We can fill other people’s buckets by saying and doing things that make them feel good. “Bucket dippers” on the other hand, are things that take away good feelings. The best thing and the truly magical part about this is that when we fill other people’s buckets, our buckets get filled too. It’s a simple message, but a powerful one. If each of us did more bucket filling and less bucket dipping, what a kinder, gentler world this would be.
We invite you to celebrate with us. Fill a bucket. Perform your own random act of kindness. You’ll be glad you did.