On Bringing All of Yourself

Do you have a friend that you can be truly yourself with?
Do you have at least one of those friends?

No.
Nope.
Don’t be in a hurry to respond.

Don’t kid yourself or me by saying you bring your whole self to every person you meet.
That ain’t true.

Take your time.
Really.
Pause.
Think about it.

You.
Your true self.
Your whole self.
In all your true beauty and all your goriness.
Can you bring that self to this friend?

Who is that friend?
You don’t have to tell me.
But, I sure hope you do have at least one of those friends!

I have one of those.
I’ll tell you this much.

It is truly liberating to be with a friend where your can bring yourself.
To bring your true self.
To bring your whole self.
In all your true beauty and all your goriness.

No hiding.
No shields.
No masks.

Just yourself.
Only yourself
And, all of yourself.

Accepting the Love in a New Friend’s Outstretched Hands

Since our relocation in August, this question tops the list – “How are boys doing and adjusting?”

I have been responding back with these quick and short answers-
“They are doing good.”
“Adapting well.”
“Kids are so resilient.”

Today, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful angel who walked into Ari’s life recently.

Her name is Pai. She is one of Ari’s first friends at his school.

He reports back to me every week.

“Amma, Pai and I had lunch together.”

“Amma, Pai taught me how to make dolphin sounds”.

“Amma, my teacher moved desks this month. I can’t sit near Pai anymore. I am so sad.”

“Amma, Pai and I traded a pink highlighter and pencil squishy.”

I met Pai’s mom for the first time at the class Christmas Party. She is the class mom. Creative and energetic. She was running around to help everybody…the kids and the volunteers.

The apple never falls too far away from the apple tree.

It requires a generous heart to make friends with the new kid on the block and sit with him for lunch. That is what Pai did. God bless her heart.

It requires a strong heart to leave everything familiar behind and accept the love in a new friend’s outstretched hands. That is what Ari did. God bless his heart.

There is lots of things we can learn from a couple of first graders.
Don’t you think so?