Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Little Things

Once again I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the growth and progress Daughter has made. She does a pretty good job of understanding my ministry and not being jealous. The one thing that can still cause her jealousy to flare up is when she sees me spending time with people close to her age. She once complained loudly to Grandma, “She has her own kid at home. Why is she spending time with those kids at the church?”

The other day she arrived home from the workshop to discover a young woman a little younger than she is here doing odd jobs for me. Daughter was not only gracious, but thanked our guest for helping her with softball skills a year ago. She told her, “I can hit the ball now, because of your help.” I was impressed.

The next morning I took a young woman who is a little older than Daughter and facing some challenges to breakfast so we could talk. When I’ve done this in the past, jealousy has flared and I’ve been made to suffer for my perceived disloyalty. Daughter was waiting for the bus and saw us leave. She waved cheerfully.

When she got home that evening, I was gone, visiting with a woman who had just marked the halfway point in her chemo therapy. She called my cell, and I told her where I was and that I’d be home in a bit. When I arrived home, she was in the kitchen fixing supper. I was impressed, to say the least.

These may seem relatively minor, but each of them is progress for her. It’s nice to see her continuing to grow. I’m especially pleased with how she handled being home alone for awhile. It gives me hope that the time will come when I won’t need to worry about getting a sitter when I’m gone for extended periods.

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