Thursday, May 23, 2013

for a daughter's birthday {or any day}

it was the only comment on the entire preschool evaluation form...
wants to tell the teacher stories during calendar time.

a string of 'yes'es lined the page indicating she was on track in all areas of development but then there was this comment.  


the way the teacher noted it aloud and then sat silently staring at me made me uncomfortable.  i don't like people pointing out my flaws or the flaws of my kids.  i know we have them i just don't like it when someone calls us out on them.  i got the feeling that this might possibly be a problem in her eyes...this storytelling.  


i know, i know.  i'm sure it wasn't the storytelling per se that she disproved of...it was probably the timing of the stories that was bothersome.  i'm sure there was a perfectly good lesson that was interrupted in the process...

...but i had to smile.

two years ago lucy's teacher told me 8 weeks into the school year that lucy didn't talk at all in class.  my mouth dropped to the floor because she was a motor mouth at home.  it was anxiety that was keeping her quiet back then but now she's comfortable.  now they tell me she talks too much.  and i'm grateful...because i think opening your mouth and letting a little bit of yourself come out is better than sitting nervous in a corner keeping all your words unspoken.

this child of mine was without hair for the first two and a half years of her life but i can scarcely remember a time when she was without words.  she weaves them one to another as stories and breathes melody into them as songs 
every. single. day.

you have to be brave to tell stories and sing songs out loud.  my lucy is brave...just like the one who stepped into a wardrobe and followed a lion.  


today marks 5 years of brave living for my girl...there's no telling where the words will take her from here.  


i've been reading a lot of posts for mothers of daughters lately.  i love emily's list and ann's prayer and angie's observation...


and most of all i keep coming back to this song that made me think of lucy when i first heard it {and then made me cry when i actually saw the video that goes along with it}.


and so i wish for her this year that she would have more stories to tell and songs to sing...

baby girl...i just want to see you be brave...

say what you want to say and let the words fall out...honestly...