What I Learned From My Eleven Year Old Niece on My Summer Vacation

Yep. Summer is over for me. I am back in the swing of things with timelines, deadlines and new projects. But this summer my niece Asha got a chance to come stay with me for three weeks without her parents. She is a tenderhearted smart girl who sees the best in everybody. I love her dearly and told her every day. However, the three weeks taught me some lessons about life and myself.

Little people are watching your every move. If you don’t know, I have no children. So Asha is the closest thing I have to a child. My sister’s daughter. She is more me than my sister. She talks a lot, asks lots of questions and has an opinion about almost everything. But she also watching….to see how situations were handled, how adults interacted and if I was fair with others. If I was fair, she spoke on it later. If I was not fair, she spoke on it later too!

Animals have feelings.  During the last week, Asha took a walk with me every day. We ran into a neighborhood cat every morning that we affectionately called Sunny. Sunny had a home but her owners were gone on vacation. Asha explained to me that animals have feelings too, Sunny was lonely and we should pet her while her owners were gone on vacation. You know that girl had me out there every morning petting somebody’s cat because the cat might be sad? The cat was totally with getting petted and Asha was happy to accommodate her.

Follow the Rules. Asha is a follower of the rules. If I’d set down rules (bedtime is at 9, pick up your clothes before you go to bed, comb all that hair before you go to camp) she followed them. But anything left open for an opportunity to do her own thing, she was definitely going to do HER OWN thing. The last couple of days I spoke to her about this and she informed me, “You didn’t set the rule about it. No rule…nothing to follow.” My lesson learned for next time!

Quote for this week: Train up a child in the way she should go: and when she is old, he will not depart from it.

Peace….

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