While it's never good that a child is disobedient there is a process of training. This last Sunday we got to see a glimpse into what is happening in Miss L's heart.
Miss L and her sister lost the privilege to go to the playground at church (they call it the "park") because their behavior was not, shall we say, sweet. We understand their ages and have grace for that but this was a bit nutty. We were staying later at church this particular Sunday for a meeting so off the two older ones went to a catechism class. At the end of their class Miss L came to find me with tears in her eyes asking if she could now go to the playground. Being Mom I wanted to find out the root of her tears. She first said nothing and couldn't quite verbalize all that was going on. I found her teachers and this is what they told me,
"She did really well in class and had no problems. When we let the other kids out she just watched them and started to cry. We thought maybe she had hurt herself but she just said she needed to go ask her mom."
I held back the tears.
She knew and she obeyed.
Sweet Miss L knew she was not supposed to go to the playground. At just over four and a half years old she resisted the urge as she saw ALL the other kids run outside and start playing. She came to find us to ask permission if she could now join her friends. We praised her for making a good decision and for coming to ask us first... and of course for doing well in class.
We let her go play... And Miss A, too.
I think Miss L somehow had held Miss A back. What a good big sister. I was so, so proud of Miss L on this day.
I write this not to boast but to remember the glimpses of my girls "getting it." I write mostly for us. But be encouraged... the seeds you sow will start to grow. It's beautiful.