In our Church, when girls turn 8, they meet at the Church every other week for an activity with other girls their age. It’s a pretty small group, there are only 10 of them and then stay in this group until they are 12 and then they move to the youth program. Tonight was the activity night and the moms were invited for a special night. Admittedly, I was not looking forward to this, I didn’t know what we were going to be doing and I had a million and three other things I wanted to get done tonight, but we went and it was fantastic for the both of us!
First, the moms were in one room and the girls were in another room. We were given a piece of paper that said My Girl, the girls were given one that said My Mom and we had to write at least 5 things that we liked about our daughter or mom. Then we were given another piece of paper where we had to write down 5 things we liked about ourselves. Then we met together and read them out loud to each other and then wrote down the 5 things we liked about ourselves on the the paper that the other one wrote about them.
This really got me thinking and it was good to see myself through a 10 year old’s eyes. It’s hard to see, but she wrote “she never gives up.” and that brought tears to my eyes. I’m so glad she notices that, no matter how hard things get, it’s important to never give up.