Posted August 15, 2016 by jimhigley
If you only have one minute, please read this. You can save the life of a child in doing so. For years, I’ve had the honor of being a part of a team of parenting writers who, every August, participate in Blogust – a “digital relay” where we shine the spotlight on a United Nations Foundation program – Shot@Life (more below). You can ensure that ONE MORE CHILD in a developing country receives a free vaccine simply by commenting on this post, sharing it, or liking it on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you so much.
Now if you have time, please read on…
My favorite writing style is where I plant a seed or an idea and let the reader come to their own conclusions as to the underlying meaning of the story.
But today’s story is going to be different. Sure, I’m going to describe the feelings that are bouncing around in my heart and head. But today I’m also going to ask you to do something.
For the last several years, I’ve been honored to participate in Shot@Life’s Blogust program, where comments, shares and likes all translate to vaccines for children in developing countries. There are many reasons why this cause matters to me but here’s the most important one:
This year, the Blogust team was asked to write a “Throwback” story – focusing on important milestones in our own childhood or in the lives of our children. This sounded like a fun and easy topic to tackle. And one that could easily connect the reader to the obvious fact that millions of children in developing countries – as well as their families – don’t have those milestones because of the countless, unnecessary lives that have been cut short due to the unavailability of vaccines.
So I pulled out our family photo albums. We have a multitude of them. All shapes. All sizes. And every member of my family has their own pile of albums. Sure, some are more organized than others. Some have photos falling out of them. Most have photos that are out of order.
But there’s a common thread binding all of these books of memory together: They are filled to to brim. Overflowing. With memories from my children’s lives. Birthday parties. Holidays. Vacations. First haircuts. First dance recital. First fish caught. First day without training wheels. First trip to DisneyWorld. First Fourth of July. First day of school. An endless list of firsts.
And I was asked to pick just one.
An impossible task for this dad.
Because my heart was saying that, while I loved each and every “first” – what I’ve come to realize is what I am most grateful for is every single moment that followed those firsts. The seconds, the 87ths, the 279ths, the 2,048ths and every daily moment I have been given with my children throughout their life journey.
Knowing that millions of families don’t have those golden nugget moments – and knowing that all of us have the power to change that is why I love this cause. And that’s why I’m not going to just let you process my story on your own (although I hope you do!). I’m going to ask you to act.
Thank you. Now act.
Blogust is a month-long digital dialogue, bringing together many of the most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions to change the world through inspirational imagery and storytelling. This year marks the fifth year of Blogust helping kids around the world reach their fifth birthday thanks to the power of global vaccines.
The Blogust 2016 digital relay participants will be sharing the story behind #TBT baby photos or videos of themselves, their kid(s) or a side-by-side comparison at important milestones – from first steps or first smile to fifth birthday. Every parent everywhere should be able to experience these milestones, which is why every like, comment and social media share their posts receive (up to 30,000 throughout the month of August 2016) will trigger a donation by MAM to help provide a vaccine for a child in need around the world.