On my 38th birthday my mom (Shary Stuart Humphrey) sent me a book with all my report cards she had collected from the time I was in Pre-K4 until senior year. I was excited to read through all the things my teachers said about me. I remember throughout my school years mom telling me they thought I was a great kid, but I talked too much (can you believe that?! 🤷🏼♀️)
I waited to get a moment alone and opened it up. As I sat and read, my heart tightened and dropped into my stomach. My teachers had said much more than I talked too much. "She's a distraction. She can't work alone. She's undisciplined. She needs to work more and talk less, the other students are annoyed” and more.
I Sobbed. Heaved. I ugly cried.
I took the book and walked to the back of our property, sat against a tree and mourned for my 4, 7, 10,13... year old self. I could see “her”, confused and feeling very much alone. I remember that “undisciplined and annoying” little girl, but more than that, as an adult, I could now see her pain.
Gathering my emotions, I imagined her sitting therein front of me with her ratty hair, jeans and t-shirt. I held out the hook in front of me and told that little girl how precious she was, how her resilient soul found every possible way to create joy in a f*%@$! up situation and that one day her story would be used to help others heal. I hugged the book, imagining sending her love through time and space. And we healed together on that day.
I also told her now all that talking makes us money.
You’re not everybody’s cup of tea honey, but you sure are mine 😉
From the Couch to your Soul ~ A
Anna is a soul~therapist whose "no-nonsense" writing captures and expands on the deeper moments of life. Everyone will benefit from posts on parenting to relationships to living your better life. Follow along and you'll gain insights into your own soul, quick-tips (Quips) about every life subject and along the way, you may just find yourself having a few laughs.
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