In wrapping up the end of her 3rd grade year, my 8 year old daughter was asked to pick a historical figure of her choice, and do a report on why they are important and how they made a difference. Listed as examples on the paper were several presidents, inventors, etc.

Gabrielle decided she wanted to do hers on Martin Luther King Jr.

I don’t know how to describe the conviction in her eyes as she talked about how important it is that everyone is treated the same, no matter what color they are. We talked about the attitudes back then, about slavery, about the church bombings, and the Ku Klux Klan, and how he was eventually assassinated. Heavy stuff for an almost 9 year old, but she understood and it only served to reinforce how wrong it all was.

As much as Brendan sometimes makes me feel like I have no grasp on this parenting stuff, sometimes she allows me to feel like maybe, just maybe I might be doing something right.

9 Comments on Sometimes She Amazes Me

  1. pinks & blues girls
    May 8, 2007 at 8:29 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow, that’s one smart cookie you’ve got there. And compassionate and understanding, to boot. You’re darn right she’s amazing!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

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  2. Toni
    May 8, 2007 at 9:18 pm (10 years ago)

    Obviously you are (have) done something VERY right! Give yourself a pat on the back. And a cocktail.

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  3. Shauna
    May 9, 2007 at 1:01 am (10 years ago)

    You’ve done well. Compassion is not something you can teach by talking, only by example. And brace yourself…. she’ll probably challenge you more as she gets older – with those brains!

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  4. Annie
    May 9, 2007 at 5:30 am (10 years ago)

    Smart girl. I hope my daughter grows up like that, because right now she’s testing me the same way your Brendan is 😉

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  5. One Tough Momma
    May 9, 2007 at 5:38 am (10 years ago)

    Well done 😉 Now if only more adults would see things as she does.

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  6. Tulipmom
    May 9, 2007 at 6:10 am (10 years ago)

    Trite but true … the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She sounds like a great kid.

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  7. Heather
    May 9, 2007 at 7:24 am (10 years ago)

    I always knew she was a great kid!

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  8. Nell
    May 9, 2007 at 6:32 pm (10 years ago)

    She’s amazing, our future is in good hands, and clearly, you have done an fabulous job!

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  9. Tina
    May 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm (10 years ago)

    I have a 9 yr old daughter. I totally understand where youare coming from. You are doing lot’s of things right!

    Have I told you how much I LOVE your blog? And I am blog picky LOL

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