Today there was a rally for the Pittsburgh Marathon charities downtown at Market Square. All the runners for the ARL were invited, so Claire didn’t want to miss out on a chance to pet some dogs. I thought it would be a great way to show her that what she’s doing is also what hundreds of others are doing for a bunch of other charities and that she’s a part of something bigger than her.
I drove downtown and when I got up to Matt’s office, Claire was already hard at work drawing the Pittsburgh cityscape.
When we got downstairs, she jumped and skipped all the way there, then stopped dead in her tracks because she finally saw all the people holding banners and got excited.
We pet a few dogs, saw a porcupine and then she was asked to stand next to Ann Yeager, marketing director, and help hold up the banner.
Here’s what I love about Dan. He loves his job. He loves his job so much that he’s trying to raise 10k for the ARL and if he makes that goal, he’ll get the logo tattooed on himself because, as he said, “This is more than a job to me, it’s my life.”
He’s so kind, compassionate and promotes the ARL in such a way that is so honest and real. He really loves those animals and the workers and volunteers.
After it was done a woman interviewed Ann and Dan, and then Ann had Claire say a few things, too. I have no idea who it was for at this point, but when I do, I’ll post it.
When we started this endeavor with the ARL back in December, I never thought it would change our lives like it has. It’s not that we’re there every day or that we’re directly helping the animals, but it’s teaching Claire so many things. She’s understanding a thing or two about why money is a need and doesn’t come easy. She’s learning that it takes kindness and a big idea to make big changes. She’s figuring out that what commitment is. She’s learning how to be herself to the max.
Just this past weekend she did extra chores all on her own and because of that, I gave her four quarters. She put it in a special piggy bank and told me that it was for the animals. She said, “I want to work hard so the animals have a home to live in that’s warm like ours.”
She gets it. She knows what it takes to be a good person but on top of that, a kind, giving person. That’s not something you see every day. Claire, my girl, she’s just something spectacular.
Best of all? Claire got a tattoo, too.
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