Have you noticed that kids grow taller when they feel proud of something they’ve done? This happened recently on a trip to Lake Michigan when we let the three grand-boys choose a toy. They each chose a sword (surprise, surprise) (with the blessing of their mom and dad, of course). So off we went in search of a lighthouse and trails, with each boy proudly brandishing a new sword.
With a sword, you can feel strong enough to fight off all manner of wildlife and any stray Indians that show up. Even the shortest boy can protect his grandpa. He can walk confidently through the woods.
Thinking back on our time at the lake, I see that it isn’t the new swords that make the boys invincible. What gives these boys their strength is actually the love they have for each other. They help and protect without even being aware of it.
These young ones may feel proud to wave their new weapons today. That’s fun and all good. What will carry them through the years ahead, though, is the invisible band of love that connects and nurtures.
Linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “Proud” by Heather Small.