This past weekend my sister, Holly, and her family came to Memphis to visit! Holly’s husband, Glen, also has a sister who lives here in Memphis so our three families all got together on Saturday.
This is Madison and Tucker. Their mom is my sister’s husband’s sister. Follow that? No? Well don’t worry about it. Essentially they are cousins to my niece and nephew, but not actually related to me. But you don’t have to be related to me to call me “Aunt Rae Rae” as these two quickly figured out! We had a ball together!
After froyo we needed to run home to let Oreo out and to feed him dinner and Makenzie wanted to come with us. Which is strange since she is terrified of dogs – especially BIG dogs! But apparently she has decided that Oreo really is a nice dog after all. In fact, she told her mom (my sister) that after Christopher and I die that she plans to adopt Oreo. I’m not sure what she knows that I don’t know, but I definitely didn’t accept anything to eat or drink from her this weekend… 😉
We played Barbies, we sang karaoke, we played dress up, we played with nerf guns, we read books together, prayed together, even had a little devotional time together, and had just a really swell day. But the best part of the day was when I realized I had several open opportunities to speak truth into these girls’ lives because currently they still think I’m cool.
They are both only 7-years-old so I was surprised when I heard them talking about being bullied at school. Name calling is bad enough now, but what happens a few years from now when these girls have cellphones and social media? When that bullying is no longer only at school, but part of every moment of their day? I wanted to hug both the girls close and just tell them over and over how beautiful and special they were, but I read an article over the summer that has really changed how I interact with little girls called “How to Talk to Little Girls.”
In that article it talks about not only telling little girls how beautiful they are, but also affirming their intelligence. So we talked about bullying if it happens to you and we talked about how to handle it if you see it happening to someone else. I did my best to speak truth into their lives all day. Telling them how smart they were when I heard them piece something together or affirming their kindness when I saw them share or play well together. I know it’s not much in the grand scheme of things, but at least it’s a start. 🙂