I will explain the clown noses (read on…:0))  shortly.

One of the coolest feelings I get is paying for someone at a toll-gate, a drive through, a grocery store, etc.  It is best to not see their reaction, however, for today’s thankfulness activity, why don’t you let your kid(s) ‘pay it forward’ and then watch how people are thankful for their ‘gift?’  This will highlight two things:  1)  You and your kids are awesome people and 2) your kid(s) will feel how good it feels to give.  It might sound like a $.50 toll isn’t that big of a deal; however, you never know what that $.50 might do for the receiver.  For a traveler (me) who frequently gets stuck on a toll road with no change, I have paid my fair share of $20 toll’s due to not having cash!

Back to the noses…from my previous article this week on Thankfulness

“One of the most memorable stories from my young adulthood was my brother Dave, a great father in his own right, telling me a story involving clown noses.  Yep, the red, spongy clown noses you can find at a party supply house.  He would purposely pay for someone’s toll gate and then drive away.  Most of the time, the person who Dave had paid for would try to catch up with him to see ‘who on earth is crazy enough to spend a $1.25 on me?’  When the car would catch up to my brother, he would be looking away and then slowly turn around towards them with the clown nose on and wave like a happy person.  So, he spread joy by doing a random act of kindness + he gave a little bit of joy to someone who might have needed it that day.”

You are not required to put on a red nose for this activity; however, it is a pretty cool feeling; and you might just like it.

ConnectDads, the secret here is to have some fun.  This activity can be done on the way home after picking up the kids at school, on the way to soccer practice, on the way to school…pretty much anytime you are with your kids.

Good luck today!


Religious Corner (for those interested…)

Suggested Prayer:

“Dear Lord, thank you for such a beautiful day.  Today, please help us find a way to show unbridled love for someone we do not know.  Give us the courage to help them out, even when they do not ask and please bless them with the love we feel for you.  We ask this in your name, Amen.”


Proverbs 3:3

“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”