Pay- It- Forward

Friday, December 26, 2008
Over the winter break, Mr. Harbeck assigned an assignment. He told us to do something good for one person and in turn ask them to pay- it- forward. The goal is to make a signifance in someone's life. Karen and I teamed up to work on the project together. Plus, this would be a great opportunity to brainstorm with another person.
We decided to assist Karen's Godfather in taking care of his daughter, Dana. We both loved kids and babysitting. We knew Karen's Godfather and wife were overwhelmed with deadlines and the readiness of Christmas. We told Karen's god father that we could sit for Dana while him and his wife have a day to themselves. They agreed to this and we had arranged to baby-sit Dana on December 23th at Karen's house.

When we babysat Dana, we did not know how she would react to us. Her cousin and her friend taking care of her without her parents, was a dramatic change for her. But luckily for us she got used to this arrangement and got used to being around us for a few hours. After our babysitting session, we felt kind of tired and at the same time contented that we did something good for someone to make a change in their life.
Later, when Dana's parents came to pick her up, they asked us how to pay us for all of our hard work. We told them instead of paying us money, they could pay- it- forward. They were suprised that we rejected the thought of payment and confused about what paying- it - forward meant. We simply told them that paying it forward meant that you had to do a good deed for someone-else and in turn that person would do a good deed towards someone else. They were first suprised on what we wanted in return, then they understood what they had to do to pay us back.
And yes, one person can make a difference. Whether your big or small, old or young, rich or poor everyone can do their part and make a change. If everyone does a good deed then passes it on, more and more people will have the passion to do a good deed. Everyone can be a good samaratan and make this world a better place.


  1. camille817 said...


    Good job on your project or act of kindness! Its awesome that you and Karen did the project together! Keep up the work! ^^.

    - Camus

    January 4, 2009 at 7:18 PM  

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