Where there is kindness there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is magic. Have courage and be kind! Cinderella
In a world where there is so much hustle and bustle, have you ever stopped and thought “Did I say good morning to anyone today?” Let’s come back to that but don’t let it completely leave your mind.
My oldest, Madison, is in 6th grade this year! How in the world can I be old enough to have a pre-teen?! But indeed, I do, and she has to be one of the most kind-hearted individuals I have come across. Let’s put aside the fact that I am her mother so, yes, I may be biased however, she still has a huge heart!
Through most of her years in elementary school, she dealt with being bullied. She always kept it inside – I guess that is one thing she did get from me – coming home sometimes in tears because of the hurtful things that had been said. Her teachers were a great support system as well as some close friends of hers that always stayed by her side through thick and thin. After a while, she learned to stick up for herself and became stronger. It did take time and is still a daily struggle but she is getting better.
As a 6th grader at her school, she has the opportunity to participate in the school‘s safety patrol program. This means they help with getting kids to where they need to be, assisting teachers, raising the flags, etc. A HUGE honor! Some of the requirements to be given this school role are keep grades above a D Average, have good behavior and be respectful to their classmates and teachers. I was raised in a home where we always strived for our best, so when Madison was asked to be a part of Safety Patrol, I insisted on a B Average and good behavior if she wanted to participate, because this was an honor to be asked to be a part of this group and should be taken seriously.
In October, she and four of her friends (who were also on safety patrol), were asked by the principal to speak at the monthly school board meeting and say a few words about their experience at Haynesfield and what it is like to be on safety patrol. Forget how I felt about her even being asked – she totally floored me by how she spoke about her time at Haynesfield and her job as a safety patrol officer. She said her number one thing she enjoyed about being on safety patrol, was that she was a role model for fellow students and that she could be the one smile, or one hello that some received all day and that made her feel good that she could be that person. She sounded so grown up. How could this blonde haired, blue eyed, gorgeous pre-teen be mine?! How blessed am I to have such an amazing kid!
I am so blessed by both of my kids. Don’t forget to tell yours daily how much they mean to you and be like Madi – be the one smile or one hello for someone. You never know if it may be the only one they get.
Have a magical day!
Sybil – The Traveling Fairy Godmother