Bloggers love to write about things that are their favorites. See also: must haves, need right nows, currently obsessed withs.
One of my favorite times of the year has rolled into town as is with us for a few more summer days! But to be able to fully describe why it is one of my favorite things, I have to talk about something rarely discussed in blog world: something I hate.
I. hate. child. abuse. I don't expect anyone to disagree with me on this, and I don't consider myself an expert. But I have unfortunately come to know first hand the long lasting and damaging effects on a person if he or she was mistreated as a child and never felt empowered to tell someone or change the situation. That is why I am so thankful for everything that Dallas CASA does to make our children know that there are good adults who will fight for them when something bad is happening to a child and he or she starts wondering if anyone really cares.
If I had the opportunity to explain the need for CASA in our communities, it might go like this:
What if someone was doing something really bad to you? What if you knew it was wrong but had no idea how to start making change? You know that what is happening is against the law, but how do you even go about making sure the law knows what's going on and can begin helping you? As someone in my twenties I've felt this a time or two in just general situations outside of anything related to the abuse of a child and wondered how a person like me of little influence could set about making a big problem right. Now what if I was six years old? CASA is the group that helps our kids stand up for themselves against abuse, that teaches them that when something feels wrong it probably is and represents them as their next steps are figured out.
I want to live in a community where everyone knows about CASA, where our children know they can stand fully empowered against abuse and our preptrators are too terrified of the reprecussions of their actions to make one false move against a child. That is why I love the Annual CASA Parade of Playhouses. It puts such an important organization in the public eye in a way that is so unique and fun that I have to make a special trip to see it at the end of every summer.
The CASA Parade of Playhouses are at Northpark Center now through this Sunday, August 19. Different companies in Dallas design and build playhouses that are displayed around the mall. Visitors can buy raffle tickets for $5 (or 5 for $20!) and drop their tickets for the playhouse that they want the most!
I went last night to check out the playhouses and put some raffle tickets in my favorites. Never mind what I would actually do if I won a playhouse and needed to put it on my childless, postage stamp sized back yard. I play to win!
Now that I'm older I love to imagine the employees of different companies staying after work to design and build the playhouse together. One of my friends works for Ambit and told me I had to check out their hard work on this lighthouse design featuring their company colors. It's such a fun team building exercise for a company that gives back to an important cause at the same time!
All of the designs this year are really fun. The one that really stopped me dead, though, was this owl design. The owl faces are made from different found objects and every inch of the playhouse is a different quirky detail. I had three tickets left by the time I got to this one and I kept walking back across the mall to drop in another ticket when I couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted my owl house. Wouldn't it look great in my back yard?!
To recap my current blogger talking points:
Must have - A place where our children can go for support when they feel abused and alone
Need right now - For people in Dallas to know there is a place to get help for hurting children and to always remember that to grow as a society we have to stand up for and protect our children!
To report child abuse call 1-800-252-5400.
Currently obsessed with - Playhouses for good!
If you can't make it to the mall this weekend or want to avoid the lines that comes with the Tax Free territory, this year you can bid online for a special nautical themed playhouse designed especially for CASA! It is the perfect addition to the back yard of a preppy palace where I know so many of you good bloggers abide.
Living in Dallas means a calendar piled with charity races, sales and auctions. There's just something about the Parade of Playhouses that gets me excited every year!