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Treasures Are Waiting

Posted by Jen on May 6, 2009 at 7:00 AM in JenRaising Girls
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Mom, look what I found!

I don't want to tell you how high up this nest is or how my mind started racing to think of what she was doing out here to notice it anyway, but she found it and now here I am teetering precariously on a stool turned ladder, trying to get the shot so we can preserve this moment forever.

Here Mom, give it to me.

I pass her the camera and wish for another so I could shoot her shooting the nest. Her expert eye, her determination to get in close, her willingness to climb, to risk, to hold still in midair so that what she sees can be seen by everyone else she loves who couldn't be there.

That's my girl, and for all my complaints about how she procrastinates or argues or refuses to comply with my made up rules, she also has this part, too--the wild girl with so much magic, so much wonder, so much appreciation for beauty.

Treasures are waiting to be discovered--even in that kid in your family who you hate to admit sometimes punches your buttons. Especially in that kid who reminds you over and over again the rules don't always apply.

Can you see your "difficult" child as a treasure hunter bringing you back to the forgotten parts of yourself? Here's hoping you can claim your bounty today--in the form of an egg or a nest or a girl who happens to be a lot like you.

4 Comments

Kristen writes...

Very well said....thank you

jennifer writes...

my daughter is my challenging child...she's just 'more' as I used to say when she was 3. She's 7 now and my word have I learned some things about myself. She's stretched and pushed me in great ways, and tough ways. She's amazing.

Mariella writes...

That's my Reilly too..."the wild girl with so much magic, so much wonder, so much appreciation for beauty". I often stand back and soak up all her tenderness & enthusiasm. Cheers to our girls! :) xoxo, ~ M.

My "difficult" child is also my treasure seeking nature girl. I wrote this post about her last year: My little nature girl
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I learned the most because of her, and even though she had a lot of difficult moments, the good moments and the good things she does are amazing!


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