The other day, I ran into Ms. Linda Allison (aka The World’s Best Elementary School Ever). Ms. Allison retired from public education when my kids were still in grade school; but when I saw her she asked about each of my kids by name. (I love her!) And while Ms. Allison is an exceptional principal and educator, she is one of many adults who have blessed my kids.
My children have had so many wonderful adults to take an interest in their lives. Their grandparents, all four, call—or yes even text (they’ll do anything for those grandchildren)—them regularly. There are three sets of biological aunts and uncles, plus two sets who are related-by-love, and countless other adult friends who have shared time and talents with the Lawrimore kiddos. School teachers, Bible study leaders, coaches, and tutors have gone out of their way to love my kids. Guidance counselors too, and all the ministers at our church. Oh and parents of their friends who take them into their homes for birthday parties, movie nights, and sleepovers.
I’m thankful my kids have relationships with people their ages who are confident, loyal, and affirming friends. Those friendships will no doubt sustain them throughout their lives. But I’m even more grateful that loving adults are committed to my kids: adults who model for them what it means to be godly, caring, and responsible grown-ups.
Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.
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