I wrote this for the wonderful cause which is the OddSocks Christmas Tree Decoration event – the brainchild of Bob Greig from OnlyDads who is striving to highlight at a global level, the importance of fathers, in the lives of their children.
Bob has been a single parent, bringing up two daughters alone since 2004 and launched OnlyDads in an attempt to raise awareness and assist other fathers in the sometimes mind-numbingly difficult task of dealing with single-parenthood. When OnlyDads was approached and asked if they would host the decoration of the Darlington Trust tree this year, Bob decided to incorporate the OddSocks idea in order to add a further perspective to their invaluable work – one which often gets swallowed up in the complex process which is the separation of two adults, namely that of the victims of that separation: the children.
OnlyDads has invited any child who wishes to say something .. anything, to his or her father, living, absent, or past away, to write a message, place it in a sock and send it in to the OnlyDads organisation. The sock could be decorated or plain, but the important thing is, it contains the thoughts of the child for his / her father. The socks will then be used to decorate a large Christmas Tree in the Darlington Hall Trust, see here for more details and for information on where to send your sock!
Another way in which you can get involved, is to write a poem or blog-post … on the theme of socks! Bob tweeted this on Sunday and I know the idea inspired people other than myself to write … so if you did, or you feel you would like to have a go, please, add your post to the linky below. Bob has already set up a direct link from the OnlyDads site to this pool of contributions. Remember, we are trying to raise awareness … this is all about the kids. It’s about giving them a voice.
On behalf of the blogging world and of friends, I wish OnlyDads and OnlyMums the very best of luck indeed with the inaugurual event on the 9th December.
and now it’s over to you! Click here to enter your link then come back and read all the other amazing entries. The linky will stay open until the end of the year.
(If you send me a comment to let me know you’re there, I will add your link manually to this page, so they are visible to all.)
OddSocks for the kids …. Go! :-)
5. sobk13 – (See below in comments)
6. Redtedart – limerick AND sockmonster :-)