Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Go with your whole heart
Super K. Karen, my eldest daughter, is a phenomenal singer and actress. She has talent which was obviously passed on from someone (I am just not sure who...) Todd and both do not sing. From the time she was 2, Karen was able to recite entire scenes from movies. She was animated and even used accents and intonations! It was funny and impressive at that young an age. She still impresses me with her ability to memorize lines.
This year, Karen decided to try out again for the Drama club so she could participate in this years play, Midsummer Night's Dream. Karen is quite familiar with the play. Her teacher last year, whom Karen ADORES, spent a great deal of time teaching Shakespeare. Karen loves Shakespeare and is really hoping to participate in the Drama Club. She has to audition for the club this year and space is limited. She also had to make a very difficult choice. She had to resign from her position in the Select Chorus. There was no way for her to participate in both. After much debate, discussion and tears, Karen made her choice. I know that she prayed about it, she spoke with our pastor about it, and she did not make the decision lightly.
I made this card for Karen and slipped it in her school folder so that she would find it today. I thought the sentiment was appropriate. Inside I hand wrote that I loved her, I was proud of her and I supported her choice....no matter what it was! Inspired by Nichole Heady's card on her blog.
It is so hard being a parent. It is so hard allowing your child to make tough choices. I just want to wrap Karen up in a cocoon and protect her from hurt. As a mom, I know I cannot do this. Instead, I have to let her make her choice and follow through on that choice. If she fails, I will be there to comfort her. If she thrives, I will be there to cheer her on. I know that this is a tough life lesson and that she will grow and bloom, like a butterfly. She will be a better person for taking a risk and going with her heart. I don't want her to look back and say "I could have....I should have...." I want her to say "I took a risk!".
stamps: heart prints, heart prints sentiments
ink: regal rose, chocolate chip (and marker)
misc: heart punch, dimensionals