Today we held the first of our official, monthly Neighborkid Dinners, with 8-year-old Holly as our honored neighbor. This tradition really got its start a couple months ago, when the neighborkids planned and hosted a “Da’Sean Dinner” here at “La Casa Chica” as a way for us to rally around and inspire our fellow neighbor Da’Sean - power-reader, puppy-lover and lizard-catcher extraordinaire.
Since then, other neighborkids have been saying, “Let’s have a dinner for me!” This seemed like a great idea, so a new tradition was born.
Holly invited a variety of people from the neighborhood, all of whom live on our block– neighborkids (including one of our 2-year-old neighborbabies), a few adult neighbors, and a neighbor-pup, along with some family members: her parents, her teenage aunt, and her cousin’s girlfriend. She also decided to invite a couple of classmates (one boy and one girl), and some school staff (the principal and two teachers: not only her current-year teacher, but also her last-year teacher, whom Holly describes as somebody who has loved her). Holly raised the point that we would need to give these school folks a map, so they could find their way to the dinner.
- Even babies play a significant role in supporting the well-being of kids on the block, and the neighborhood as a whole. Pets too.
- Kids are able to spot particular adults in their life, even beyond those in their families and schools, who they sense matter in helping them reach their potential.
- Kids recognize the value of loving bonds formed with teachers, which do not evaporate when a new school year begins, and have the potential to provide ongoing caring, even when an everyday classroom relationship no longer exists between the teacher and the child.
OK, enough already - this is a blog, not a chapter book! So here are some pics of the celebration itself - thank you for being a great neighbor, Holly!