Yesterday I drove up to Maine to help my oldest granddaughter, Ava, put on a make-your-own earring party for her friends. She had thoughtfully put paper plates at every chair so that each girl could pick out the beads they wanted to work with. Between the two of us, there were enough tools for the girls to use. Once Ava showed the girls the basics, they just went to town.
I sat between two girls, and when Ava was busy, I helped them with their earrings. One of the girls had brought some pretty pink and purple ceramic roses to make a necklace, bracelet and a ring. We had a lot of fun putting them together, and she was pleased; the best outcome.
As I sat there, talking with some of the girls and helping them as needed, I watched my nearly 8-year old granddaughter help her friends. While I believe that Ava is a born leader, she is also kind, generous and compassionate. I told her from the beginning of the day that it was her show and that she was the boss; I was only there to help out. There was also one boy there as well, and the girls quickly included him. He got right into the swing of things and had a good time.
Just watching those girls get the hang of making their own jewelry (and they made sure to make their moms some earrings, too) was wonderful to see. It’s a beautiful thing to see a child share her hobby with others with generosity and kindness. It was a pure pleasure to help out and watch Ava share her gifts with others. Considering what our country (and our world) is going through, it gives me hope for the future.
Ava’s generation is a unique and special one. It is my feeling that her generation will bring positive change to our country and our world. These children are kind and generous, but moreover they care for others, for the animals who inhabit our world, and indeed our world itself.
Sometimes, positive change just comes from sharing our gifts; kindness, love, joy and earrings.