23 February 2011

lucent.

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she’s woven up silly tender, this one, young in a way that makes her a magnet for bullies.

again she dragged through the door, clutching a scrap of yellow that was once a laminated tag on her backpack: another crumpled casualty of yanking fingers in the bus line.

'k-- did it,' she tells me. 'she ripped it off and held it in front of my face like this and said, aw. too bad.'

we talk about telling k to please not do it again and what it means to repay something hurtful with something kind and before i’m even done she’s skipping off to her brothers in the kitchen, her laugh this buoyant, lucent thing like birdsong lifting the sky.

and while i ache for the sad parts in her day, i find a quiet thankfulness that these hurts don't define her. that she is treasured through, secure enough to allow room for the weakness of others.

i could stand to learn a thing or two from that girl.



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27 comments:

Katie Stratton said...

what a strong and hopeful and lovely lady you have on your hands.
like mama like daughter.

<3

happygirl said...

Yep, Isn't it great to focus on the positive. Repay evil with good. Words to live by.

Simply Domestic said...

I, too, should take a lesson from her. She's beautiful!

College Prepster said...

I was ALWAYS the bullied one... and let me tell you, it is terrible, but down the road she will be SO STRONG and SO GREAT because of it.

Brooke said...

what a sweet, sweet girl. Why are kids so hurtful? Good for her for keeping her chin up.... strength isn't always about size.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This takes my breath away. What an honor to love these lives on this earth.

Stephanie said...

how brave she is, and fitting this post is for anti-bullying day.
Lovely capture.

Brandee Shafer said...

To be able to let go of others' wrongdoing is such a gift...and such a blessing to behold...

(And what gorgeous eyes she has!)

Rock on, Little Miss.

Michele said...

Couldn't we all learn a thing or two from your sweet girl? It is my greatest hope that the bullies of this world see how compassion and being nice really do make the world go 'round.

Karrie said...

That just broke my heart! Bullies need to be on their own island somewhere!

Farmgirl Paints said...

oh girl i'm so sorry! your daughter is awesome. don't you just love the way they can rebound...good for her!

Ruthie said...

love the picture, love the post.

kendal said...

ouch. the star. the lesson.

Joybird said...

"secure enough to allow room for the weakness of others"

I really, really want to be this. Today, your daughter is my hero.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

She is my new hero. Something God's been showing me...I'm my own avenger, and defender, and hired assassin. I need to let go and be more, LUCENT.

patty said...

beautiful post. always. :)

Renegades said...

How sad, yet what a nice job putting it together into a post.

Darcy said...

this is so cool. beautiful. strong though. very great account of having to watch someone grow and live and be....good work mama.

Elaine A. said...

She has such beautiful eyes. I'm glad she's still a joyful child despite those little hurts. I'm guessing it has something to do with her parents. :)

ashalily said...

Aw..gezzz they can be so catty already! too much television I tell ya! I hope this "K--" Charater backs off because bullies can be so terrible for a child to deal with.

lulu and family said...

my, that last paragraph and that last line. my.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

such a pretty girl!

Rebekah said...

so resilient, they are.

beautiful shot, nic.

Mira said...

hi! I like that shot a lot. I am a new follower.
Mira

kendal said...

ouch. the star. the lesson.

Stephanie said...

how brave she is, and fitting this post is for anti-bullying day.
Lovely capture.

College Prepster said...

I was ALWAYS the bullied one... and let me tell you, it is terrible, but down the road she will be SO STRONG and SO GREAT because of it.