Reid had the idea that since we were all prettied up, we should have a little "church meeting" here at home. I anticipated the usual whining and complaining anytime one of us suggests something awesome. But the girls surprised me. They each gladly chose a lesson to teach to the family.
Abby went first. She loves this sort of stuff. She's confident, fearless and loves attention. She's the first to raise her hand in any classroom setting. She thrives on checklists, order, and schedules. And although she also thrives on being the family antagonist, she loved this idea so much she just went along with it. I'm so glad that in this moment she chose to be agreeable. She taught us about faith and how it's like a seed--dependent on external forces to reach its potential (those might have not been her exact words). She's a good little teacher.
Grace, who followed, kept her eyes glued to the book the entire time. She was intimidated by an audience made up entirely of her own immediate family members. This is the girl who came home from school today and told me that she'd been offered the lead role in her class play--The Tortoise and the Hare. But my sweet girl turned it down. She said she'd rather be a tree than a tortoise--it's more "her." Grace is actually quite confident of herself, but she truly dislikes all attention (except the kind she frequently elicits from her youngest sister--she loves Eliza's infuriated or insulted attention...but that's another story). Grace also earned the elite privilege of dining with the school principal, but got shy at the last minute and backed out. All of this nervousness and distaste for the lime-light is quite foreign to me, so I consult Reid on these issues. She is just like he was as a child. I find comfort in this, seeing what a decent person he turned out to be.
This has got to be as good as it gets!!!
And if it gets any better, don't tell me! Knowing me, I'd wish the clock to move faster to a supposed "better" time (which i did plenty of when they were all knee-biters) and I'd miss out on the right now! And I don't want to miss a single moment of right now. Because I know that sooner than I believe, I'm gonna miss every single moment of right now.