Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Arrow and the Song

The Arrow and the Song
by Henry W. Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air;
It Fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a Song into the air;
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of Song?

Long, long afterwards, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.


The girls and I joined an American Girl Mother Daughter Book Club. We are supposed to read a book, and then meet with a group to discuss the book. We are also to come dressed as the character we read about and bring a food that they may have eaten in that time period.

We co-hosted this month's meeting with a great friend. We chose the book Kaya. Kaya was a Native American girl from the Nez Perce Indian tribe.

I had such a nice time with this. We had the party at my dad's house, and it was a perfect place for these little girls to "discover" what life may have been like. My mom made the costumes, and they turned out spectacular! My "cali" mom sent some authentic decorations she used in the classroom, and made wonderful beaded nametags. My friend was so easy to work with, and I enjoyed spending time with her adding the perfect touches to this party.

This became an EVENT (a song if you will), and came together with love and thoughtfulness from so many.

But the best part of the day, for me was after.
I looked back, and had truely enjoyed it.
If you know me, you know I get really stressed out and nervous with these types of events. I often get so caught up in the details, I miss the big picture.

Not this time. I enjoyed the day, with my girls.
I enjoyed sitting under the trees, listening to what the girls had learned.
The girls and I are still laughing and talking about how bad the salmon jerky smelled.
I loved adding beads to our costumes the night before with our friends.
I love that there are other moms who invest in their daughters.
I loved making this memory, and having this time with my girls.

I hope that long from now, my girls will find this "song" in their hearts.

"let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart" Proverbs 3:31

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