It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.
I recently came across a story that was so true. I sent it to my daughter and we had a lengthy conversation about it. Here’s how the story goes.
A daughter and mom are in the kitchen. Mom is cooking dinner and the daughter is trying to ask a zillion questions. She wants to show Mom what she did that day. Mom keeps saying she needs to finish dinner. The daughter keeps attempting to captivate Mom’s attention. All the while Mom keeps getting more and more frustrated. Until Mom says enough. I can’t do everything. And blows up on the daughter.
The end of the story finishes with the caption “for you it was a Tuesday, for me it was when our relationship changed forever”.
Now that you know the story I will tell you mine.
It was a Friday. I packed up for Career Day at Yucca Valley High School. It was like any other day. I trucked my bin across the street avoiding the cracks and curbs. I set up my table and got ready to meet 300+ students for the first time. I was having them create cards so I was a bit nervous on how I would be perceived. The rotations of classes began as the sea of faces washed over me. Ink in hand I asked if someone would want to be me for the day. I created 75 cards that day. I wondered if I had made any impact or if I was looked at as an oddity.
I had one student in particular that approached me much like my own daughter used to. She was shy and unsure of herself. But after a few moments we seemed to connect and she even began to create. I thanked her for creating with me. And something was different. Her eyes seemed to be more alive. Then about 15 minutes later she was back, but this time with a different group of friends. She repeated this rotation at least one more time.
I didn’t think much of it until Saturday at the Market. Here was this familiar face again. Except this time she had brought her brother, sister, and Mom to meet me. “Mom, this is the lady. She’s the one that actually said hi. She’s the one that was different somehow.” Mom proceeded to thank me for connecting with her daughter. It was such a meaningful moment for me.
But when I was packing up for that Career Day it was just a Friday for me. I didn’t know that it would be life-changing for someone else.
Have you ever had a moment like this?
With inky fingers,