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Kin Tree

Beauty in the day: Professional Development day away from the school today. Excellent speaker, and I really liked this: he talked about kids being asked to complete a family tree, and how some kids either don’t have access to this information, don’t know it, or have mixed emotions about the process of owning and naming family members that are connected to pain in their lives. He suggested a “Kin Tree” explaining that perhaps branches of the tree might instead connect to their church, to their school, to their extra-curricular group (i.e., sports team, dance class, etc), denoting the people there (or maybe one important person) as “kin”. These are a form of extended “family”, or influencers in their lives.
My family tree just got a whole lot bigger. 💗

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The Giver

imageBeauty in the day: an old family friend found this long-ago picture of my dad. I remember the story of the bright orange jaguar. We had moved to Alaska, and my dad had flown down to California to visit some friends. I don’t recall the reason, but it had something to do with our church – my dad was a pastor. So anyway, I just remember when he got home from the trip, and he recounted the story of his transportation while he was there. One of the friends from our church back in Cali told him that he would provide him with a car to drive, so there would be no need to rent one. The Jag is what he loaned to him. My dad had a great time driving around in that. I have no memory of that. I wasn’t there. My memory is of my dad telling us about the wonderful generosity of the man that loaned it, and of the way that generosity made me feel about giving. I distinctly remember being in awe of the guy that loaned the car – he gave my dad his best. I found – and find – that to be inspiring.