It all stemmed from back-to-school sales that started popping up last summer. You see, I always love to walk down the aisles when school supplies start appearing on the shelves. I love the colors. I love new the smell of a new box of Crayolas. I love crisp, white paper. I love the rows of sharpened No. 2 pencils. But one thing I've always had a soft spot for is journals. I ***love*** journals. I always have. As the years go by it seems they get fancier and fancier. It was then that an idea just hit me. So, I purchased three similar journals (one for each kiddo) and started using it as a way to write to them... on a personal level... about their lives... about their challenges... about their interests... about their day. There is nothing digital... if there's a picture, it's because I drew it. If there's a compliment, it's because I wrote it. It's paper, ink, heart and soul. It's just a conversation between my boys and me. I'm thinking it will be a gift at some point in their lives.... leaving for college maybe. I'm not even sure it will ever be a significant thing to them... but it's a little something I can do to let them know just how much they mean to me... through my words.
Words, you see, are very powerful. Once you say them... you can never take them back. Words can make you shine like a dime... or they can break the very spirit that guides you.
And another way words speak to me is through music... I absolutely adore this song -- its message -- its words. Take a listen. I've included the lyrics below.
That's some pretty powerful stuff there, huh? I love people that aren't afraid to stand out... to be the change that they want to see in the world... to be brave enough to say the words that need to be spoken... for whatever reason. Don't keep them in. Be brave! Share your words!
I've seen my eldest face this demon head on... and I saw how victorious he was when I wouldn't let him quit and made him face it... to be brave through encouragement. He has learned words have power...
Drew hasn't had to face this dragon yet... but the time will come and I hope he, too, is ready to be brave!
Benji... yeah, he's a WHOLE other can of worms... he will throw words at you... just be prepared to catch them. They usually involve a body part, a bodily function and are followed by maniacal laughter.
And, you know I have to deal with him on a daily basis. Thus, I am brave.