Speaking of "ordinary acts," (see previous post), we had Ben's parents visit us a few weekends ago. They are workers. Serious workers. When his dad's here, it's all about jobs. This visit was tree trimming, tree burning, etc.
It became a family affair and I'm happy to say that it only took a few minutes for certain children to stop whining and start enjoying the work. There's a different feeling when a family works together or volunteers together versus just having fun together. Don't get me wrong. We LOVE fun (usually more than work). It's just different, in a good way.
My kids are pyros. Fire-lovers. What kid isn't? We couldn't keep them away, so we joined them. We had a humongous bonfire of tree branches which led to roasting marshmallows and tinfoil dinners later that day. Amazingly, the only mishaps were Ben's singed eyebrows and a little burn on his hand.
By day's end we smelled AWFUL, smoke and sweat. However, we were smiling...together, which means success in my opinion.