As I mentioned before, my DDs attend a Cathlic grade school. My oldest daughter belongs to the Rosary Club that is available as an after school activity. I am an "Adult Helper", which simply means that I end up tying about 100 knots in 2 hours. But the kids love this club!! I love it too. The basic idea is this: grades 2 - 8 kids get together for about 2 hours and make missionary Rosaries. This year we are making them for Africa. One year we made them for the tsunami victims. The kids always get to learn about the living conditions, etc. in the country where these Rosaries are being sent. Now, some folks reading this might not understand the Rosary, and that is fine. I am not trying to convert you. I am just always touched at how loving these young club members are. They want to do something kind. They want to give other people something to love and cherish. They love making these gifts with their own hands. I think that "society" today underestimates the empathy and willingness to serve that children posess. They can be good, productive, and joyful. But too often, we hand them things that allow them to serve themselves rather than others.
All those glowing comments being said, one thing about Rosary Club is that the end result is worth everything that we go through to get said end result. We hand the kids beads in little trays and they are supposed to share. Sometimes, they don't share well. Sometimes, they share too much. Such was the case today when one of the girls dumped the whole container of beads over another girls head while trying to pass the beads to someone else. Needless to say, my group spent more time picking up spilled beads than we did actually making Rosaries. Oh well, there is always next week.
For the month of Mary (May) we are going to be making concrete steppings stones so that we can build a walking Rosary in front of our Church. That should be fun! ;-)