Sunday, May 28, 2006
It's funny how I have certain feelings towards the things I make depending on who they're being made for. This little totebag is for a girlfriend of Davey's who will be turning 5 next week. She's cute, nicely dressed, and addresses me in the most respectful of ways (in a sing-songy voice), "Hi Mrs. ______." She's also tough as nails. This little girl has, on occasion, been known to kick my son in the shins and yell, "you are not my friend." That hurts my feelings, I think, more than it hurts his. The whole time I was making this totebag, I was muttering under my breath...I wonder if she knows she doesn't really deserve this? I should just buy her a tote bag at Target. So why DID I make this for her? The truth is (aside from needing an excuse to make cute girly things)......her mom is my friend.
I could go on and on about the parenting thing. I've seen so many parents that just let their kids get away with murder, but I have confidence that this girl will turn out well because she has a mom who gets in her face when she does hurtful things, explains why it is hurtful, and makes her apologize. For that reason, I know that she will learn the difference between right and wrong and will learn to develop thoughtfulness and a caring attitude that will get her far in life. I know she's not there yet (and sometimes, frankly, neither am I). Sometimes, we just need someone who sees us honestly as we are, who nurtures the goodness that is already there, and who helps us to become the people that we were meant to be. This little girl has that. Would that we all.....