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You Never Know

Karl picked up a sale item the other day – a paper airplane kit. He thought the kids would enjoy it. It has an instruction booklet and designed paper so you can make a “shark plane” that reminds you of the ferocious paint jobs on WWII planes. Those fighters were serious!

It sat around for a couple of days until it was finally utilized, by Greta and two other girls from the neighborhood. It wasn’t the boys that went after it, it was the girls! They were making plane after plane and testing how well they flew, correcting any errors they may have made. I mentioned they needed to save some of the papers for the boys, but Karl just shook his head and said he could always buy another one if needed.

Maybe the one little neighbor girl, who made the most planes and was the most fastidious about the whole process, will grow up to be involved in designing planes. No one at this house told her she couldn’t do it because she was a girl. You never know.

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Priorities

The perfect swirl of a cowlick on Matthew’s scalp has been for years lovingly known as “Hurricane Matthew.” The pattern is seen best when his hair is buzzed. When his hair is longer, it just looks like he is constantly having a bad hair day. It is at this point that Matthew gets frustrated and states the obvious: I need a hair cut!

Matthew had gotten to this point and I knew it was time for a hair cut, but I was told he didn’t want it yet. What? Then my husband fully explained, as Matthew just sat back and smiled. Evidently, some of the girls in Matthew’s youth group at church like to compare hair. They will play with Matthew’s hair and then compare it to someone else. My junior Casanova just sits back with a dreamy look on his face and enjoys the attention. He says it is so relaxing to have the girls play with his hair.

Mystery solved. Matthew didn’t want his haircut until after the last youth group meeting, just in case the girls played with his hair. At the ripe age of eleven years old, Matthew has begun to make his own priorities. I believe we are in for a very interesting time of Matthew’s teenage years.

 

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Mother Daughter Day

My sister is a single parent of a beautiful and talented young woman. When Cherokee was just getting to school age, Mother’s Day rolled around. In this family of two – one parent and one child, Mother’s Day wasn’t about recognition. For Cherokee, it seemed like she was being separated from her mom. Susan caught on to this real quick and said it wasn’t a day just for her that Cherokee couldn’t be part of. So they renamed it Mother Daughter Day.

Cherokee has since graduated with honors from high school, but it is still Mother Daughter Day for her and her mom. She’ll tell her grandma and me (her favorite aunt) “Happy Mother’s Day,” but for her mom, it’s Happy Mother Daughter Day.

The most important thing a mother can do is stay connected in the lives of her children. It doesn’t mean she gives them anything they want or condone any of their wrongdoings. It means she still has access to touch their hearts and be touched in return. To my sister, maintaining that connection with Cherokee was more important than calling that day by its rightful name of Mother’s Day.

Many blessings as you celebrate the true essence of mother’s day this weekend!

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