Giving Kids A Certificate Of Love

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - April 05, 2006
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Dear Pamela,

As parents we buy things for our kids and tell them we love them. Still, there is that other, very beautiful feeling that comes when we receive formal recognition.

Ever since my children were 10 and 12 we have made up little award certificates saying, “Because you———. And the love you have shared———- We, your Mother and Father, This date—wish to commend you for your unselfish love.” We made a little ceremony of it, presenting each child with a certificate. My wife took pictures. The first time my son had tears coming out of his eyes. My daughter just clutched hers very tightly. I never expected such a profound response from them!

This world could use a lot more honest thank yous!

Lawrence O. Wilson

Dear Lawrence,
Here’s another one. Thank you! What a wonderful idea, not just for family members, but for friends and colleagues who rarely receive validation for acts of friendship or work well done. It costs next to nothing and means so much to the receiver. Mahalo is indeed a magic word!

three star

Dear Pamela,
On behalf of all the parents on Lusitana Street (in between Queen’s Hospital and the H-1 freeway on Punchbowl), I want to express our deepest gratitude to the people responsible for the small park built in an open space right next to the freeway. Before the park was built, children in our neighborhood played on the sidewalks and on the streets. But since it was opened about two weeks ago, everyone has been playing there, either playing dodgeball or just hanging out with their friends. It’s really great to know that there are people out there who care about our children. Such people deserve a huge applause. Thank you so much.

Katherine Conrad

Dear Katherine,
Many hands created the Pele Street mini-park, but the folks at the City and County Parks and Recreation Department say that state Sen. Rod Tam is the guy to thank.

three star

Dear Pamela,
The temperature in Minnesota this morning is minus-10 degrees as I write to you about my angel. Lisa D. of Kailua left me a message on my answering machine that sent my praises to heaven and to all honest people on earth. My wife and I had just returned from a wonderful 10-day trip to Oahu. Our last day, however, was spent searching for my lost billfold, with no luck. We had to fly home that night and me with no ID, no money nor Visa card. We made it back to Minnesota, but I dreaded the task of replacing all the contents and feared the possibility of identity theft. At home, I had a phone message, returned the call and Lisa D. had found my billfold.

She mailed it with all the contents intact. All I know is that she is a college student living in Kailua and she’s my hero.

Harry Schlieff
New Brighton, MN

Dear Harry,
Lisa Dibianco says it was actually her friend Kristin Dameron who found your wallet. “I was about to pick her up at Times Kailua and she said, “Look what I just found.” We looked through it and then called directory assistance for his number. I’m glad his vacation ended happily!”

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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