Proud mommy moments… I must admit I have a lot of them!  And I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that.  Sometimes, just out of the blue, one of those moments sneaks up without any warning at all.  Most recently, that happened the end of last week.

My son, not unlike most children today, has his focus on what his gifts are going to be this Christmas.  We talk a lot about what Christmas really is about, as I am not a big fan of how commercial the holiday has become over the years. However, he’s 9 years old and stories, if they don’t include Pokemon or Super Heroes, don’t always hold his interest. I always think to myself, one day it will mean something different to him and until that day I just enjoy the time that we spend together over the holidays.

And then… it happened!  It was like I walked into a brick wall!  The other day, completely out of the blue, he turns to me and says, ‘Mom, I think as one of my Christmas presents this year I would like to donate some money to help animals’. Well, not that my son isn’t a caring and loving young man, because he is, but he usually prefers to help others, with my money and not his!  But here it was… the moment where he decided to give up something of his to be able to help someone else… or in this case something else.

So there I stood while that proud feeling washed upon me and it brought a tear to my eye.  For those that know me, they know this isn’t a hard thing to accomplish… but again if you know me, you’d also know that this one… this was something extra special!  As someone who devotes a great deal of her life advocating and helping others… it was a wonderful thing to hear my son say what he would like to do.  For me, realizing that my son maybe does see what I do each day, I couldn’t have asked for a better gift… the gift of love.

So, what is he doing to help and make a difference?  He has become an Earth Ranger (he’s anxiously awaiting his official card in the mail!) where he was given the choice of four animals that he could help and he eagerly chose the Blanding’s Turtle.  Now, when he talks to others, he makes a point of sharing all about the Blanding’s Turtle and the breeding program that they are doing at the Toronto Zoo.  I patiently (and proudly) listen along each time and I think, if it’s possible, my smile gets bigger each time I do.  So this holiday season I will happily be taking on the new task of helping him with fundraising to help the Blanding’s Turtle, but in the meantime he will be donating out of his own piggy bank (so to speak) this Christmas season, and that makes me very, very proud.

On a final note, from us to you… may your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this holiday season, and throughout the year!  We wish you a Christmas filled with peace and love!

Now, I am off to make Christmas cookies with my favourite little guy!