I wanted to highlight the three most amazing things about the day.
1. A little lady started sobbing during arts and crafts "I suck at art, but I love it so much." I thought long and hard about how to respond because I can assure you that like anyone else, I suck at many things that I want so badly to be good at.
I decided to share with her the age old secret that all the good artists think they suck at art. Her smile at my words lit up my world. "oh" was her response. The rest of the day she was vibrant and happy and encouraging to the other girls in the room. During the last fifteen minutes we were dancing and I told her that I couldn't wait for her to become an artist. In response she ran to the art table and picked up a premade card that read "Tank you ell e." when she handed it to me she said "I can't wait to be an artist." Tears fell. This really is the best job in the world.
2. A uniquely styled ten year old with great socks shared with the group the way that she feels when she wears her eclectic style out and someone discourages her. I told her that the most important thing about her style is her attitude. Later in the day I heard a little girl talking about school shopping for clothes and worrying that people wouldn't like her style to which the girl in the socks turned and said "It's all about your heart..." By the end of the day the girls were teaching the girls. I didn't need to be involved in conversation because they were coming up with resolutions and encouragement as a team.
3. A mother brought in a Thank You card with the phrase "If you can dream it. You can do it." -Walt Disney. Promptly following three of the girls changed their instagram introduction tag lines. Among my favorite - "It's not about popularity, it's about what's on the inside that matters."
I used to think that I wanted to change the world.
Now I know that it's not about changing the world- it's about impacting the people in the world in an incredibly small way, specifically the next generation.