In the past years we have taken our kids on a special date in the third grade to give them some facts...uh hum. You know about growing up and boys and girls and yeah well you know.
So when my little one got to third grade she started anticipating this little special trip to wherever she chose(within reason). She did think New York City or Ethiopia would both be great ideas but Chicago is just a lot closer so we went there.
To the American Girl store just like big sis chose.
So I woke her up saying... "Today's the day.. You and I get to go on our third grade date". She was very excited.
We arrived in Chicago just in time for an early lunch. In the AG tea room. It is an overpriced meal that made me almost run out the back door. But I told her she was special and we were going to splurge today. So we ate on china plates with mediocre food. However the presentation was beautiful.
She will have many questions along the way.
She asked a couple but quickly wanted to change the subject.
It was awkward. Which is the common denominator with all of her siblings on these dates.
She chose a salad instead of a side of mac n cheese. That's my girl!
I love her little spunk. I see myself in her almost every day. I was able to talk with her about graciousness and how we need to watch how we speak to others. I too, follow two boys in the birth order. We are both last born's. I chatted with her of her inner thoughts on that. And prayed with her asking God to help us both to be gracious in all our relationships. Forgiving and being a friend even when our friends may not be kind. Trying to bring others in who look lonely or new. And learning how to keep our tongues in check when we want to control or speak in ways that aren't honoring to others or God.
It was a great day together.
I must admit Chicago would not be somewhere I want to raise my chicks. It was frustrating for me to navigate through all of the traffic.
I was VERY happy to bring my 4th grader back to her country home.