Bashful, Bold and Benevolent

22 Dec

My own children never cease to amaze me. A couple of weeks ago, my fourteen year old daughter nearly had a melt down in a mall food court because we were making her go order her own wrap at a fast food place. She was being timid and didn’t want to do it by herself. I asked her, “If you were at the mall with your friends and you wanted to go to Taco Bell and the rest were going to MacDonalds, would you eat MacDonalds just so you wouldn’t have to stand in line by yourself?” She said that she would, or she’d make one of her friends stand in line with her, but there’s no way she’d stand in line by herself.

This same child comes home from youth group tonight and tells me she stood up to a boy who has been bullying her brother at school. She said, “Mom, I didn’t yell at him but told him plainly that he needed to knock it off!” When the boy told her that he didn’t even know who her brother is, she went off on him. She said, “That makes it even worse. If you don’t know who he is, and you’re picking on him, you’re nothing but a bully, and you need to stop it now or it’s going to get ugly!”

This is the same girl who was too scared to order a wrap at DQ from a total stranger. She claims that it’s different. And this same girl has been blogging. She’s been watching Glenn and I blog for months now and has shown minor interest in the funny ones. She’s definitely a fantastic writer, far better than I ever dreamed of being at her age. But, I didn’t think she’d actually start blogging on her own. Really, I think she could be a career writer one day. She certainly enjoys writing, but right now she has dreams of being a child psychologist. Her blog today certainly shows that she has the necessary aptitude to do well at that too.

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2 Responses to “Bashful, Bold and Benevolent”

  1. Diana December 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM #

    Hey Debbie. I read your blog from time to time and I saw the note today about Savannah wanting to be a child psychologist. Amy got a Honours BA in psychology at UNB and her Masters in Counselling Psychology at McGill. She is currently working for Mental Health here in Fredericton as a child and youth psychologist. Savannah should connect with her; Amy would love to chat with her and answer any questions she might have about the field. Amy had three or four job offers when she graduated; it’s a great field to get into with lots of opportunities. She could have worked anywhere but wanted to be in Fredericton so we are lucky to have her close by. Best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Debbie G December 30, 2010 at 11:12 PM #

      Diana, I wish we’d known that on take your kid to work day. She wasn’t enthused about going with us. She ended up going to an elementary school but she would have much rathered going to work with Amy. She’d love to shadow her for a day if that is ever allowed. If not, we’ll have to give them an opportunity to talk.

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