“No. Thank you for your offer, but we don’t need any
Do you ever wonder why people don’t volunteer to help?
My family would tell their friends, “Don’t ask Mom if
you can help. She will always find something for you to do.”
Think about it. When you are preparing for a holiday or
special event, don’t you think the fun is in getting ready? Think about
a holiday meal. Think about Christmas preparations. Isn’t it more fun to
be involved in the weeks before, than the actual day of the celebration?
I like the bustle and laughter of many ages working
together. We sign up for committees, and each group has a job
description. There is even competition about whether the table setters
are more efficient than the cooks. The clean up crew does a great job
because they choose that duty.
Every guest--young children, men and women,
grandparents-- are all expected to help. This gives every person
ownership of the celebration. We are widening our family circle as we
make memories. Even little children like to have the responsibility of
making place cards or setting the table.
Each committee has a more experienced member to train
future leaders. There are all kinds of duties, from arranging tables and
chairs, to peeling potatoes or preparing salads (assigned to those who
are less mobile).
Try it. Memories will be treasured and family secrets
will be made! Ask my family about polka dot potatoes!