As our family passes from the childhood phase to the young adult phase, our traditions and things we do around holiday’s change. I am not sad about it actually. It’s a phase of finding what works for our family now that we have a soon to be teen (happening way sooner than I want to admit). Gone are the days of trying to keep your pre-schooler from dipping her hands in the purple Easter Egg dye to get the egg out. We all know what that does to your hands.
We are in a transition. I don’t know what our future holds but I know that I have a young woman for a daughter that has a huge heart. She really wants to help people, always has. This is the same kid that (when she was 6), with her friends, earned money with a lemonade stand, bought toys and school supplies for children in an orphanage in Indonesia, and then had the opportunity to actually bring those toys directly to those children, play schoolyard games with them, made fast friends and never was able to understand a word they say. You can read more about that here with my old blog post about that day.
She often has big ideas that don’t pan out. She is still trying to find her way with how she wants to help. I do find that she enjoys working directly with people in need rather than behind the scenes. At her age, there are not many people that are willing to have a young teen work directly with people.
Where does this leave me as a mother? I try to put opportunities in front of her and see if it is something she is interested in. A huge part of this has been our local 4H club. We have do a lot of things through the group. There are always “citizenship” projects being worked on by many of the kids in the group. They all help each other out with their individual projects and there are all group projects going on as well.
The newest group project was dying Easter Eggs for Meals on Wheels. 17 dozen to be exact. With her 4H friends, they got it done in about an hour and a half. The older kids helped the younger kids (Raelee used to be one of the younger ones! Funny how the tide shifts, isn’t it?) and the adults just worked at keeping everything somewhat organized and not quite so messy. It’s a lot of fun to watch them all work together. 4H has a huge place in my heart and I think my daughter is really starting to find her place in the organization also.
The next projects (outside of 4H) we are looking into for her is going to the local nursing home and painting the fingernails of the ladies there and also going to a local non-profit horse ranch that works directly with foster children and helps them through equine therapy. When I mentioned this idea to my daughter, her eyes lit up and she gasped. I can’t wait to see what happens with that opportunity.
Here are a couple of pictures of our eggs. I can’t post pictures of the other children in the group so you get pretty eggs. I love the colors and they remind me of some soaps in the past that were bright and pretty! I love that we still get to dye eggs and that they go to such a good cause. I can’t see what my daughter comes up with in the future for us to do to help people. I know it will be fun, whatever it is.