The date of my last post was October 29th.
Since then, things have changed on our Island of Staten.
I feel as if the Island has been through a war and everyone is shell-shocked. Kindness hasn't been so important to our oxygen since 9/11.
As I walked this desperate neighborhoods a few days after the storm, it was amazing how many kids I saw helping out. They came from all over -- grade schools, middle school, high schools and colleges.
This is a fine teachable moment and since kindness, empathy and leadership are the "anti-bully," I applaud each parent who is encouraging their children to help.
Just being kids is such a gift. Don't let anything take that away -- a storm -- or even a peer who decides that taking someone down a notch is a fun game.
It's a good time to get kids involved in helping others less fortunate. It makes them pause before they diminish someone else's chance for a light-hearted childhood.
Thanks for all of your kindnesses in the past two weeks. It's everything.