Benjamin Franklin said “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Adam Fleming and Fabricia Carvalho must have taken Ben’s advice with their two daughters, Lily and Clara. They explain and teach them generosity, but also involve them in personal acts of giving. We were surprised, and delighted, when Lily (age 5), and her younger sister, Clara (age 2), visited CFPA again to make a donation from their allowance. It turns out that Lily’s fun gift featured a few months ago was not singular, but an ongoing commitment to sharing with others. The girls are learning by being involved.
In a society so enamored with celebrity and where success is so often measured by wealth and not deeds, it is critical to be models and guides for our children. As Ignatius Loyola suggested, we need to “to teach … to give and not count the cost.”
The habit of giving being instilled in Lily and Clara will last a lifetime … and we will all be the beneficiaries. All of us can learn and be inspired by Lily and Clara.