Winter holidays are the most memorable times for kids. We look forward to meeting Santa Claus and perhaps receiving some gifts too. But 2020 has been a different year for all of us. While most part of the year has been a difficult year for most of us, it doesn't have to necessarily end that way. This is why we decided to do a little holiday project.
It all started when Vivaan, the chief inspiration officer of the project, decided to break his piggy bank savings. We hope you'll give this a listen, and join us on this exciting little holiday project.
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It was the summer of 1991 and I was 11 years old. My parents were holidaying in the United States. They left me and my sister with our grandparents, along with our other cousins, my grandpa, who was a doctor, had his way with kids. He used to keep some orange colored candies in an orange colored box inside his little cupboard in his bedroom. And he knew the fact that we kids knew about this orange colored box too. He also knew that we would secretly sneak into his bedroom to steal some candies every now and then. But this summer of 1991 was a little different. There weren't any candies inside that orange colored box. These candies were not available in the market. So my grandpa couldn't really refill this box, but as someone that loved kids, my grandpa came up with a plan. He told us, "look, if you behave well through the week, I will give each one of you five rupees at the end of the week." And guess what happened? All of a sudden we stopped focusing on stealing orange candies and started to focus on good behavior. Well, three years ago, we started to do this with our son Vivaan. He was four years old then. I had my piggy bank from my childhood days, filled with 50 paise coins. So I thought, why not incentivize him for good behavior too? I spoke about this idea to my wife, with Vijetha. So what do you think of the idea of giving him 50 paise of coins every Sunday on, you know, as an incentive for good behavior?Vijetha:
I'm going to list down at least three things that are strict. No, like jumping on the sofa, picking up his toys before bedtime. And I think switching off the lights, when not in use.Karthik:
And after discussing the details, we seem to have agreed on something. yeah, let's do it. It could be very exciting for him. We followed this for quite some time, but eventually I ran out of 50 paise coins and it's now been three years and Vivaan came to my office just yesterday.Vivaan:
Can I use these coins to buy something?Karthik:
What do you want to buy?Vivaan:
Buy...like some gum for art and craft? Get them pineapple to eat or a mango. Because I like mangoes and pineapples.Karthik:
And last night Vijetha and I talked about Vivaan's request. You know, Vivaan came to my office today and he was talking about wanting to break his piggy bank. And he was talking about buying from the money that he has saved. I didn't really expect that.Vijetha:
Hmm, this year is learning addition in school and surely it's made him more curious, you know what I mean? He wants to add what he has.Karthik:
And after a few minutes of discussion, we seemed to agree on one idea.Vijetha:
So you're saying that we'll buy a bunch of postcards and let we want draw holiday greeting cards. Sounds good. Actually,Karthik:
Yeah. Postcards are going to cost about 50 by say each. And I thought we'll share this message on our Facebook walls or something. And let people know that we will create a custom holiday greeting postcard for them and send these cards to people that they want us to send to. You know what I'm saying? Basically, you know, this whole COVID thing has led people. To staying indoors and created so much of fear. I was thinking that we can use this opportunity to help spread some love. Perhaps in fact, we've learned has been sketching so much on these papers and cards in the last few days. So I thought, what if you could actually do that on these postcards? And what if these sketches can help two people connect with a message of love, perhaps do you think one would love it?Vijetha:
I really think he will. Let's check with him tomorrow morning. Can we?Karthik:
So we decided to talk to Vivaan. Well, he just finished his online school test. Let me find them and see what he thinks about this. How was your math test?Vivaan:
It was fun.Karthik:
You know, both of us we've been talking about and discussing what we can do with the money, in your piggyback, would you be interested to know what we thought?Vivaan:
So we explained the idea to Vivaan told them everything we discussed the previous night.Vijetha:
Do like the idea You want to doVivaan:
it? Yes. I really want to do it. One more thing earned to tell Pappa bought me that pen which has different, different colors.Karthik:
So yes, we decided to go ahead and spend our holidays using the 50 paise coins from Vivaan's piggybank to send postcards for you, your family and friends. If you're listening to this and you think that you want to show some love to someone in your family, that you've not been able to meet during the pandemic, or maybe you just like to send some love to your grandparents.Vivaan:
And very happy to make holiday postcards for your grandparents and your cousins.Karthik:
You can do that right away for free.Vivaan:
Because it's using my piggybank money!Karthik:
We went ahead and posted a video about this on a Facebook page. Go check out the video and also make sure you like our Facebook page. You can find all the links at www.facebook.com/littlemindswithvivaan that's V I V A A N. We hope to share some updates with you in the coming days about the holiday project but until then, happy holidays.