We don't always tell the important people in our lives what we think of them. Part pride, part distraction, there are many reasons why.
So, if you're a writer, sometimes you put it in a blog.
This past week, I have once again been wowed by my older daughter's leadership abilities. I always knew she was a leader, but she needed opportunities to prove herself.
As a little girl, "capable," was always the phrase I used to describe her. If something broke, she fixed it. If something needed to be figured out, she figured it out. She was not your typical child, melting down when things were hard or complicated. Sure, she got frustrated like anyone else, but most of the time she was able to handle difficult situations with a wisdom and maturity way beyond her years.
This past week, she put those skills to the test. For the second year in a row, she led a volleyball camp for middle school girls in downtown Raleigh through the Raleigh Police Department. She conceived the idea last year, came up with a curriculum, gathered volunteers and supplies, and made it happen.
Once again, the camp was a success this year, helping young girls learn how to play volleyball, but also making strong connections with the teen volunteers and police officers. Watching her navigate this program - between coaching and mentoring the campers, organizing the volunteers and interacting with the officers, made me proud.
It made me realize that when she heads out into the world, she will be just fine - better than fine actually. She will be a leader.
So here is it, my firstborn, I know you don't always listen to your mother. I know you think I am overprotective, unreasonable and controlling sometimes. But always know that I beam when I see what you are capable of. You have so much potential to give back, to lead, to mentor. Wherever you land in life, wherever you attend school, whoever you work for, they will be very lucky to have you. And so am I ...
Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books, including some on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.