Well....this will go down as the WORLDS BEST School Picture! EVER! EVER EVER!
Jake's school does a little something called "Wagon Days". The kids dress up like Pioneers and the WHOLE DAY is full of Pioneer games, meals and all the fun a 4th grader can handle.
This year, said day, happened to also be PICTURE DAY. The kids were advised to bring their costumes in a bag and they could put them on after pictures. This would not do for my Jake.
"Mom, can I PPLLEEAASSEE where my hat and vest in my picture? It would be so cool! Please Mom, PPLLEEAASSEE!"
Well, school pictures around here are about $30 for a CD and 8 wallets. I hate them anyway. My dear hubby told me, in a sense, to stop whining about it and fork over the cash. I did. NOW, I had to fork it over and have Pioneer Garb?!
With all of my energy I wanted to say no. I wanted to direct him to a nice Polo, or something that brought out his beautiful blue eyes and his adorable freckles. Instead I said, "It's up to you buddy! They are your pictures."
They came home. Jake hates them and I have never been happier with another picture in my life! Here's why....
Look at that face, don't scroll, I will post it again...it certainly deserves it!
I have never seen that smile on him before! Ryan and I laughed so hard! That is a look of "Oh my! This is going to be the best school picture EVER! I have the coolest outfit on and MY MOM LET ME!"
I love it because I learned a HUGE lesson that day!
What if I would have said No? Would it have even really mattered?!
Oh, how many times do I squash creativity and confidence because of some pre-conceived notion of how something "should be"?! What if I just let him decide. Did that $30 really matter....not until this picture became the outcome of it! Honestly, what a good lesson in Motherhood for me!
Dr. Wayne Dyer, writer of many MANY brilliant books, talks about how our kids are all born with Divinity within them. Well, yes, they are Children of God, just like we are. They come with a purpose and a mission to fulfill and all of the traits needed to complete them. Then parents get in the way. They forget. They start to think and dream with limitations. OUR limitations.
How wonderful would it be if we quietly steered them away from danger, taught them just who they are and what they are REALLY capable of (because they are part of Divinity, then all things are possible) and stood back in amazement at who they become or what they accomplish. Because they WOULD, in fact, accomplish MUCH!
Not to bad a lesson for just a mere $30 bucks and an AMAZING and hilarious picture, right?!
So starting today....before you say NO, think about why you are saying it and what it would hurt. THEN each day convince your child you believe they can do ANYTHING and prove it to them by letting them do it!