The last Roots of Empathy visit was really nice. The kids were sweet, excited and a little sad that it would be the last visit with the baby. We talked about how he’s grown and changed. Since my son has started walking while holding my fingers (parents know what I’m talking about), I walked him around the circle of children instead of carrying him like I usually do. They got a big kick out of that. We even put a small chair in the middle of the circle so he could stand and hold himself up and move around.
We got a goodie bag from the class too. They gave me a little album with a few pictures from each visit. I got a copy of one of Mary Gordon’s books, Daniel’s Day. (I haven’t read it yet, but I’m sure I’ll let everyone know what I think.) The class also made us two books. One book is full of wishes for my son as he gets older, with drawings of those wishes. The other book is of wishes for themselves, also with drawings. We also got a certificate from the official Roots of Empathy office for our participation. I don’t know what I’m going to do with that. Put it in some sort of scrapbook? The other thing I have no idea what I’m going to do with is the giant card the kids made. It has a photo of all of us from the first day and all the kids signed their name. Again, it’s really nice and sweet, but where am I going to put it? It’s huge!
I’ve been going to this class since October. It’s been nice to see the children smile as we walk in. I hope that they really have gained something from this experience.