As parents we all wonder and worry that we are raising our children the right way. We do the best we can, and hope that they grow up to become caring responsible human beings. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we catch our children in a moment of selfless kindness, and we realize that they truly are listening! Monday was one of those days for Lainey.
On Monday afternoon the girls go to dance class. This week they were allowed to wear their Halloween costumes, which they were quite excited about. I for one, was against them wearing them because I swear Halloween costumes are so cheaply made that they self destruct after one use. Seriously. However, I gave in (like there was ever any doubt) and said they could wear them if they were very very careful.
So there they were on Monday with their witch costumes on waiting for dance to start when Lainey’s BFF came in, who is also in the same class. I took one look at Emma and her Mom and knew that they had forgot her costume. Emma clung to her Mom’s leg, asking her to “PLEASE” go get her costume. Of course, there wasn’t enough time, dance was about to start.
So, I whispered to Lainey “Emma, forgot her costume. Do you think you would like to take your costume off, so Emma isn’t sad?” Lainey looked at me with pursed lips and shook her head NO. I wasn’t going to beg, after all, they had been looking forward to wearing their costumes all week.
But, within 30 seconds Lainey had changed her mind. She took her costume off (her leotard was underneath) and then went over to Emma and said “It’s ok, we’re still dressed up for Halloween…we’re ballerinas!”
I was so proud of her. It was one of those moments where your heart is truly smiling.
(At their party this morning, Emma was laughing because her Mom told her she was smiling like an old man!)