Outside in our front yard, casually sitting around as dinner was cooking tonight, oldest son starts telling us about his school day.
It’s usually sooooooo boring and today is more of the same. Not unusual for an 18-year-old, heading into the last few weeks of school.
Today he picked up his school transcripts required for his university applications. After looking them over, DH and I tell him how proud we are of him, of his efforts. Maybe because of this conversation and how he feels about the compliments, he expands on his day a little further.
He goes on to explain how today his geography teacher showed a ‘clip’ he made and posted on YouTube, to his geography class.
How did that happen? What was it about?
Well, his teacher was searching for information about the recent disaster in Japan. Turns out he came across what he thought was a good summary of what happened. It happened to be ‘produced’ by someone in their class.
So we watch.
I can see by the date, our son made this almost a month ago. Not that he told us. Until today. Which tells me a few things about him.
He loves to create.
He’s a caring soul.
Not that I didn’t already recognize all of these character traits in him, but it only reaffirms to me his innate, caring and kind nature. That he is someone who feels connected to those around him and cares deeply about what happens in this world. And he has a unique way of expressing it.
It’s a longish video by YouTube standards…. about 5 minutes. But you don’t get to what I think is the best part until 3:19 into it.
So, what’s he doing in his spare time?
I cannot close without saying what is most important.
Please do what you can to help those not only suffering in Japan but elsewhere in this world, as well.
And – this is what dear son likes to do in his spare time.
D. Ryan said:
I too am very proud of him. I would not have the ability to do such a report. SURPRISE says a grandma way off in Canada
I’m glad you changed to the video itself as I couldn’t get it before. I am totally amazed at the quality of the video and the presentation – it is wonderful. Better than many professional news videos on TV. But mainly it is Thomas’ heart that amazes the most. He is so quietly generous and kind and humble. I love him so very much and although not surprised really, I am way proud of him. . . he’s always been my special boy!!! xxoo
Marie-Josee Corriveau said:
Very good work on very sad situation. Brings tears to my eyes. Bravo Tomas and thanks for caring…
From a far away aunt in Québec, Canada
Pat Bunten-Walberg said:
What a great video, Thomas! I will be making a donation to Doctors without Borders ( http://www.msf.org ). Thanks for posting this for us all to see, Jody. Obviously, the quake and resulting Tsunami really touched Thomas enough for him to want to do something positive to help those that were affected.
Hi Grandma! Yes, his talents always amaze me but it’s what’s underneath as well, that we’re so very proud of.
Me too Mom! I love how he put it all together and even added clips of Obama speaking. Guess I need to check his website and YouTube once in a while to see what he’s been up to.
Thank you far-away-aunt (Marie Josee)! Michelle said the same thing… brought tears to her eyes. It is a sad situation for sure and one that will take a long time to recover from.
Thanks Pat for your comment and for the donation. I think ever since we visited Sri Lanka and the tsunami then hit that area, we’ve all been able to put faces to some of these tragedies. Feeling that connection makes it easier to feel their struggles and want to help somehow.
I just watched the video, it is very professional. he is very talented for sure!