Hello SOTGC community,
Remember whispering the words, “I can’t wait to grow up…”? Well, I’m grown up and now I mumble the words, “I wish I was little again….” OK, only on beautiful summer mornings (Monday – Friday)! I am a mother of three amazing children, and I count my blessings every time I hear the words, “Mommy,” “Momma,” and “Mom”. Each term is used specifically by one of my three children. I like to call it their personal calling card; when I hear it, I immediately know which one needs me. I am certain I will never grow tired of my children needing me; however, there are times I find their “needing me” does not always fit into my schedule. When that happens, I take a step back and remind myself that I owe it to them to be there when they need me.
Each day, I realize how quickly time is passing by. My twin boys, Colin and Sean, are 11 ½ years old and are constantly on the go. They are busy with sports, technology, hanging out with friends, taking walks in the woods, building forts, and doing any other mischief two brothers can conjure up between them. I remind myself often I still have six years before they leave for college. All the while, I realize their interest in Mommy-time is taking a sideline as they start bonding with their daddy. You know, doing “man-stuff” as one reminded me recently. I love that my husband takes an active role in their lives and is teaching them the importance of being respectful young men.
As for my daughter, LeAine, she is an active 7 ½ year old and is full of all things GIRL! I like to call her my little shadow because we do a lot together. She also likes to spend time in her room painting her nails, reading, doing Rainbow Loom, arranging/rearranging her 30-plus stuffed animals (which, by the way, is STILL not enough!), making crafts, and practicing her favorite past-time sport, gymnastics. I love to watch her from a distance and see the sweet personality bloom with each passing moment. I pray often that I am the best positive female role model I can be for her.
Ironically, I was recently reminded of an important life lesson by LeAine and her best friend, Kayleigh. I’ll get to that in a moment; let me first share a little back ground about these two girls. Their friendship started at the age of three, on a cold fall Saturday morning. They stood near the bleachers at their brothers’ flag football game, watching each other, wanting to interact, just not quite sure how. That was until a piece of gum was offered to LeAine, and the rest was history. When they are together, nothing else matters; looks, designer clothes, trophies, accomplishment – only their friendship. Kayleigh’s mom and I often share that when they are together, they are consumed with their world, full of sparkles, rainbows, and butterflies. They enjoy every moment spent together, and not a second is wasted on the unimportant. They are building memories that will last a lifetime.
The lesson I have learned is to cherish friendships. Take time to know what is important to the other and have fun. It is not about being the best dressed, who got 1st place, or who is the prettiest; it is truly about being a friend. Let your friendships be the role model for others to follow; lead by example. As we cross the threshold from little girl to woman, remember the little things in life and ensure we are creating a foundation of trust, love, laughter and forgiveness. It is easy to compete for the best career, cars, outfits, and vacations, but those are just things. What I realize from these sweet girls is that friendship is about knowing each other and taking time to put that person above you; to be in the moment. Kayleigh summed it all up in a poem she recently wrote for my daughter:
My best friend
My best friend is LeAine, she is really nice she is really fun. She is really nice because she gives me candy and crafts sometimes they are together. She also makes a laugh that is so funny. You are so cool. I can say 100 things about you but I am just going to say 10 OK?
Your name is LeAine
You like candy
You have glasses
You like KU
You like monkeys
You like gymnastics
You have brown hair
She likes to spin the night
She likes to play
You like stuffed animals.
Remember to embrace your friendships, cherish your time together, and be positive role models for tomorrow’s generations because it is the littlest of details that matter!
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