Monday, December 15, 2008

A little Christmas Activism Humor

Activism is not new to Ryan (Brown). He had an activist heart from day 1! As a matter of fact, when he was about 5, he decided that he had a solution to the homeless problem in the US. He wrote a letter to President Ronald Reagan and told him that if he would just collect $1 from each person in the US he would have enough money to buy houses for the homeless. He included his $1 in the letter. The "president" sent a response thanking him for his letter, but returning the $1 because the White House could not accept cash. So, when Eli, his baby brother came along 15 years after that event, it wasn't surprising that he had the same heart. Now Ryan has been in SA all of Eli's life and their other brother, John (aka Bibby to Eli) was at college so Eli has been virtually an only child. Anyway, one day when he was 5, I dropped Eli off for swim team practice at the local YMCA. When I got back to pick him up he was waiting for me at the door with great excitement. He said "Mom, come look at this!!" and he drug me over to see an Angel Tree that had been placed in the lobby. For anyone that doesn't know, it has paper angels with childern's names, ages, sizes and a gift they would like for Christmas and you select one to fulfill the wishes. He said "I want to do this!!!" He was so excited and I was just as excited to see his "activist heart" in action. He said, "I have already picked one that's a 5 year old boy. All we have to do is take it to the lady at the counter, and the best part that you won't believe is....all of the kids are FREE!!!" That's when it dawned on me.....he thought we were taking home a 5 year old brother for him! I suppose he thought the lady at the counter had them lined up back there ready to go home with us. He was crestfallen when he found out the truth, but nonetheless, we took an angel and filled his wishes. You just have to be careful out there in the "activist world" though because as Ryan and Eli can tell you, it's full of disappointments along with the joy! Merry Christmas!
Ryan, John,  and Eli's mom :)

4 comments:

Verashni said...

I LOVED this story! Activism runs in their blood doesn't it?? Moreover, a heart for the homeless... amazing stuff.

ashley (lovell) dalton said...

this is the funniest story!!! sweet eli!

faizel petersen said...

wow so amazing. It runs in the family I can see! Eli must be so big now hey, lol. Well I can say its a matter of having a Brave Heart. I remember many times when me and Ryan encountered situations, especially with the "bunnies", he'd come up with crazy ideas that I wanted to help him with, but then reasoned with him. However the basis of those ideas was because his heart cannot take children being abused, and Ryan knows my stance on the matter. We've been fighting this battle over 7 years already, but not much comes from it due to our weak policing and prosecution systems. Well the bottom line is that their hearts are connected at the right place, and that comes from a loving home, so we as a country need to honour you mom (Beth), for granting us your son to do what he loves doing!

Jo said...

i now understand where the goodness/kindness come from! God bless you and your fam and hope you all have a wonderful christmas!