Lately, I’ve found myself surrounded by young children, and I have had the good fortune of getting to know a pair of lovely young girls recently. Their father works with my dad, and their parents have been incredibly warm and gracious to me, making sure I feel at home out here.
Over the weekend, I babysat them, and had an incredibly reveling time. The girls are 8 and 10, and I absolutely adore them. The 10 year-old reminds me of myself a bit. The first time I met them, I found out she read all the Anne of Green Gables books by 3rd grade, and I just fell in love with her—she’s a girl after my own heart. Those were some of my favorite books growing up, and I too had read all of them by 3rd grade. I was just incredibly impressed and pleased that girls are still reading those books.
The younger one is adorable as a button. She’s a bit spunkier, and so funny—I love that. She just makes me laugh. And apparently the new trend amongst young girls is making rubber band bracelets. They have a whole kit of rubber bands that look like larger versions of the rubber bands they put on your braces. And just like the ones for your braces, you can choose and mix and match, from a range of colors. They made one for my dad once and he still wears it. After church a couple weekends ago, they made me a couple. They even made me a ring, and I’ve been wearing them everywhere! They’ve been a great conversation starter, too, because I know so many people with girls around their age, so everyone’s got these bracelets.
Anyways, when I was sitting with them, we watched some Disney shows, and “Master Junior Chef,” and I watched them as they made more bracelets. We even played Yahtzee. Then they told me that they have a mat and floor beam for gymnastics, and I got super excited. They showed me their tricks, and I coached and spotted them a bit. I loved it. I told the little one we’d get her doing bridges on her own in just a short while.
I think being an older sister, I’ve always been naturally good with kids, and I’ve always enjoyed looking after them. Recently though, I’ve really realized the incredible blessing it is to be a part of a child’s life. I mean, once you become a part of a child’s life, you have incredible influence over them, because they are so impressionable at those ages. I realized as a teenager that I had great influence over my brother whether he realized it or not. I mean, I could see little things he picked up from me, which was scary, because sometimes they weren't the best habits. As such, it’s incredibly special to be a part of any child's life, because I never know why a child takes a liking to me, or why they might look up to me, because I’m just some random person who gets to play with them for a bit. But the fact that they do means so much, because it means I have the opportunity to set a good example for them. I have the opportunity to influence their lives even in the slightest ways. And it reminds me to be the good person I always want to and try to be, because you never know what about you they're going to pick up.
I know that the older one of these sisters has grown especially fond of me. She even drew a picture of the two of us in her journal, which just melted my heart. I was incredibly touched. And in moments like that, that realization of just how important it is to be a good role model when you have the opportunity to be one, sinks in even more. It’s an incredible blessing and a gift.
BIG LOVE & HUGS