Today your world is amazing. You are in the middle of your three friends, not on the outside. Our two tiny foster kittens are thriving and run to you when you enter a room. Twenty little boys in your soccer skills class picked you as the best soccer player and literally bowed to you saying “I am not worthy.” You are at a marvelous age where this embarrasses you a little, but mostly makes you proud and joyful. I thought you would float off the field last night, and you want to share your story with everyone. School just makes sense right now, and you are recognized by your teacher for excelling. Again, this praise is welcome and soul building. Mean kids haven’t learned how to belittle your accomplishment and turn it against you.
I sit on the sideline of your life and I want to bottle this day. I want to take how you feel and how I feel and keep it safe, because these perfect times are fleeting. There will be days when you are on the edge, don’t get picked for the team, or don’t get invited to the dance. There will be days of sickness and fear and loss. There will be days when all of these bad things happen at once, and I want to offer you a sip from today and heal whatever hurts you have. I want to be able to take a sip from today to remind myself of how amazing you can be.
Today I try to weave a bottle of words hoping our eyes can sip when we need a reminder later.