Last night Sarah went out to dinner with her netball team. It was the end of year celebration and all the girls were sooooo looking forward to it.
They all got dressed up and met had a lovely dinner and were given certificates and goody bags from the coach and manager.
It was an incredibly thoughtful thing for their coach and manager to do and I'm very grateful they were part of the team this year.
Sarah took along a cupcake with a fondant animal on top for her coach and manager. I was proud of that!
But then I got a text from a Mum. And I was blown away by what it said and by Sarah's courage shown in the text.
You see there is a girl at her school who has caused a lot of trouble within the girls at school for years (yes, not just this year, but year after year!). As usual with these situations, this girl chooses who is and isn't popular. Who can and can't play. Who is going to be her friend and who isn't etc etc. It has been an incredibly hard time for Sarah (and all the girls involved) and I've been incredibly proud of Sarah and how she deals with it each time something new happens. She is a strong girl and 'most' of the time stands up for herself and her friends. I love her for that! We often have talks about how to handle things and she has learnt a lot and I believe is a great friend.
Well last night she spoke to one of the parents of one of the girls close to the (for want of a better word) 'mean' girl and told her what was going on and how it was hurting the girls in the class.
My Sarah. Did that. Off her own bat. I was astounded that she had done this. That she would be so brave. And thankful to the Mum for being so open about it. I wonder if because it came from a child, not another Mum that it was easier to hear??? I don't know!
The text I got to tell me about this was lovely, explaining what Sarah had done and that she had no idea this was going on and she would talk to both girls involved.
What more can you ask?
My girl constantly astonishes and amazes me and I really shouldn't feel surprised. She is a wonderful child. Kind and considerate. Careful with her words and clever too. She has a funny sense of humour, like me. It surprises you when she uses it. She looks out for people, her brothers, cousins or friends. And she isn't afraid of trying new things or standing up for what is right.
Now I just need to focus on what and how she can react in case she doesn't get such a great response from someone. Wish me luck.