|Carter getting a meal out of the cooler.|
When we get out of the car I tell the kids who we are visiting. It means so much to our friends to hear the kids call them by name. They comment on how special they feel that the kids remember them. Carter has always been very outgoing and will go right up to adults to chat but Elise was always more comfortable hanging behind Carter and letting him do the talking. Now she'll run up to the house and jocky with him for the best position. Then yell really loudly, "Hello, Dorothy (or whoever's house we are at)," in an attempt to be heard over Carter. It is so cute! I'm loving seeing her blossom and really improve her social skills through these interactions. As we leave, both kids will yell out, "Bye, have a good day!" It really is the sweetest thing! The bonus about delivering to older adults is they tend to be less self-conscious and don't mind when Carter asks questions that aren't exactly socially appropriate. Then when we're in the car, I'm able to have a little talk with him about what would be appropriate. It's so cute to see the kids handing the meals to the adults. Once Elise was holding the meal up and the lady couldn't quite reach it so she started to bend over. I started to take the meal from Elise so the lady didn't have to bend over and she said, "No, let her do it! I can bend over for that sweet girl." She got so much joy out of getting the meal straight from Elise's hand. It warmed my heart and Elise sure felt like a big girl!
I've noticed my attitude impacts how our time delivering meals goes too. When we first started I would get stressed out that we were so behind schedule and people were going to get their meals late and my attitude made the experience less enjoyable for the kids. As time went on, I was able to relax and go in with the mindset of, people will be happy to get their meals and we are going to take time to talk to our friends if they want to chat with us. One of our friends told me we are usually the only people he gets to talk to during the day so we always make sure to turn the car off at his house and chat with him on the porch. Another lady tells us she loves us each time and says she sure gets a kick out of seeing the kids, that seeing them is the best part of her day. I love the friendships we've made through our route and am so glad we have been on the same route the whole time so we can get to know our recipients. The kids' favorites are either people who really like to talk to them or people who have dogs. Their favorite people to visit are Harry, Gordon, Dorothy, and Betty. I will always remember them and the sweet role they have played in my children's lives. I will miss seeing them when I go back to work full-time and won't be able to deliver meals anymore. But for now we have 17-20 friends we see every third Monday and we really enjoy that!
|Elise carrying a the bag with milk and a fruit, Carter carrying the meal.|