Our neighborhood's kind of one big circle of "pay it forward", if you will. Most of us pass on unneeded items to anyone in the neighborhood who needs
or has a use for them, no strings attached and nothing expected or wanted in return. Better to give things away than to throw them away, and what's
left over gets donated.
Little Kid gave her well-cared for old bike to their friend's little brother earlier this year, they always take their outgrown shoes and clothes
around to the neighbors to see if the smaller/younger kids need anything, same with their toys, and other kids in the neighborhood do the same thing.
Sometimes adults have things to add, "When you go play over at so-and-so's, see if their parents need this little kitchen gadget, we don't use it", or
"See if so-and so's mom would want this top, I don't wear it", etc.
Yesterday, another friend's parents were cleaning out their closets and getting rid of things they don't need, and my kids came home with a very
useful assortment of items.
Their mom is a very tiny lady, she and my older kid can fit the same clothes sizes right now, so she gave the older kid at least half a dozen new (to
the older kid) outfits, and I must say, she looks pretty good in them! Very tasteful tops, lots of cozy lounge pants for around the house, and the
pencil skirt she gave her is pretty classy on a kid, it's longer on a kid than an adult, so the length works very well, down to the knees.
The younger one has a nice cache of new tops & bottoms, too, and they have an assortment of new sweaters and cardigans to share for autumn.
They also gave them several board games, a stack of books, and a variety of unused art supplies (older kid is very much an artist, this was like
hitting the lotto jackpot to her)
And yes folks, this is one of those things you take the time to write a hand-written thank you note for, and I absolutely did
The kids went through their books yesterday evening after finding out a neighboring teen's adult sibling had a baby, and gave her a big stack of baby
& toddler appropriate books to give to the new parents to read to the baby (like me and hubby, our kids have trouble getting rid of ANY book, whether
or not it's an old baby book)
I think we finally came out ahead with the rain we needed so badly, I doubt there's a deficit anymore. We must have gotten around 5 or 6 inches of
rain, if not more, over the last few days by now, all the plants have bounced back and the lawns are even greening up quick. I'm definitely going to
have to mow the front & back yards by the weekend (I honestly didn't miss doing that...we have a lot of yard space, lol)
The cold front is moving through, and that thick southern humidity is starting to sink like a stone now. FINALLY. OMG, that was an awful couple of