It started somewhere in the first days of Junior High. A lovely sweet girl did the tiniest act of kindness on instinct. She invited my young TeaRose to sit with her and her group of friends for lunch. She probably didn’t even think it was that big of a deal.
That one small gift built. The group of friends she had gathered around her, all had that same spark that drew them together, the spark of reaching out in kindness. They drew T in, and others along the way, becoming a tight core of friends-changing a little here and there with the changes in school lunches and other fortunes of life- but always sticking it out with each other. All the way.
Today that gift had reached all the way to the night of Senior Spring Prom- which T did not want to attend. And it turned out some of the others didn’t either. So one lovely young lady decided to throw an “un-prom” pizza party, and didn’t even think twice about inviting T, she was totally just part of the group.
OH, how much fun TeaRose had!!!!! She came home giddy with joy, telling me how wonderful her friend’s parents were and how silly her friend’s brothers were, and how much she loved her friends. Oh, and how she had never stayed up this late at a friend’s house before. 😉 So now, it’s quarter to 11:00, and she barely made it thru prayers before the sugar crash and the late bedtime tackled her hard… but I am so grateful. Life is hard. Some years are harder than others, and this year has been crushing. But for this one moment in time, my sweet warrior had the gift of just being a normal friend at a senior party. Such a beautiful gift.