MWE~This week's challenge: take a chance. Take something that you have been working on, polish it up a bit and post it.
I've been working on this in my mind for a few years, actually~how we can teach our children to give it a 2nd chance. In light of what happened to Paige this past week-end, UPDATE #6~Paigey's out of surgery, I will attempt to polish it up here...
It was at least 5 or 6 years ago, so they (Paige & dd) were still in Middle School. I just happened to be waiting for the bus when I was approached by this tiny bit of a girl, who identified herself as a friend of my daughter's, "used to be," she quipped:
She: Aren't you Caitlin's mom? (We met just once before).
Me: As I did with all dd's friends, I almost jokingly said, "Caitlin who?" But I didn't know her well enough, so I just said, "Yeah."
She: Well, Caitlin's mad at me...she thinks I was trying to steal her boyfriend...but I wasn't...we were just talking...Do you think you could talk to Caitlin for me?
Me: With a bit more dialogue involved, and as I said, I had met her once before, and was really taken with her personality, "I'll talk to her, see what she says, and see what I can do."
She: Expanded more on her story, & pretty much had me convinced that dd needed to hear what her former friend, this li'l bit of a girl, barely 5', had to say, because she poured her heart out to her friend's mom.
Me: "You know Paige, I believe you, and that's exactly what I'm going to tell Caitlin," along with vowing, "I'll make sure you two are friends again."
Paige: More dialogue that included Paigey thanking me excitedly in advance, with me responding, "Don't thank me yet, let's see what happens..."
Like I said, that was about 6 years ago, and I'm pleased, uh scratch that, ecstatic to announce that my intervention worked, and Caitlin & Paige became BFF's again. They've spent countless sleepovers between each other's parents' homes, they've attended concerts together, they were part of the same prom group (tho' Paige went to a different high school), they becames sisters, as my daughter so eloquently states:
Well, I got a little help polishing it up, but hopefully the message shines...
DD & Paigey @ their Junior Prom