Locally, there are big things happening, as new schools are being planned, and some new ones are opening their doors to accommodate Tuscaloosa's bloom of growth. Some families, however, (I relate from when I was newly divorced and my two now grown ones were in elementary school), are feeling a bit anxious about school expenses and obligations for their little ones.
Accepting the UNICEF Danny Kay Humanitarian Award, actress Salma Hayek said, “It takes so little to make big, big changes.”
This is so true. Local churches are making waves in prisons by loving on the unloved every single week. And the big changes are everywhere. The mayor of Stockton, California, Michael Tubbs, is experimenting with giving low-income families $500 a month, with no strings, to give them relief.
Pessimists are waiting to watch it fail. What was his response to that?
“I don’t mean give everyone a jet. Give them an income floor… we don’t know what they’ll do with it. I want to try it in my city, good or bad. I am an eternal optimist. I know the folks in my city, and I believe it is going to be good.”
One of my magazines had an “everlasting summer” list of things that we can all do beyond the summer months to extend that wonderful feeling. Most of them were for self-satisfaction, which is good (that’s what summer is about, after all). But beyond stomping grapes, sightseeing, feasting on fish, and watching the stars, there is more. We can do all these things with our kids, but we also need to find a way to teach them to spread acts of kindness. That’s guaranteed to make waves. Try it this week, and see how great it feels.
Little things. Big changes. Tuscaloosa is seeing lots of them.
If you’re looking for a place to make a difference locally, there are lots of individuals, groups, and businesses doing great things. Not sure where to start? Giving blood is always a good option. And after that, who knows? You may come up with your own way to give back and make big changes. If so, be sure to share it with us at DCL.
Happy Fall, y’all. It’s coming soon!