The word empathy is a noun. It means the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Depending on who you talk to it can also be viewed as a sign of weakness. Empathy. Being in touch with your emotions, wearing your heart on your sleeve.
I can’t tell you how many ex’s have told me I’m too sensitive.
I have been told by those closest to me it is the thing the love and hate the most about me. They know it means I keep my heart open when I shouldn’t. I cry when I am mad. I read into things. I can be jealous. But if I love you. I love you with all my soul. I will take care of you. Gestures no matter how small mean everything and I will do what I can in my guarded way to make sure you know.
I know guarded and empathetic seem like they don’t go but it’s the empathy that makes me guarded. Until it doesn’t.
But this isn’t about me. It’s about my proud Mommy moment.
Watching my beautiful daughter turn into a nurturer. Be aware of others around her and want to take care of them. Most recently with her cousins who are visiting from the East coast. She sees them if she is lucky once a year. Since she is an only child she refers to them as her cousin/siblings. She is in middle school so we have definitely started with some preteen eye rolls and occasional comment.
Overall though she shows me somewhere along the way she got the importance of being kind and caring. Don’t get me wrong she still stands her ground.
Do you know how great it is to be in a conference with four teachers and have them tell me how kind she is?Get that in an email from her guidance counselor.
In how she describes her friends. She makes sure to highlight details. Explain. Tell you why it’s ok. She listens.
Every night she tells me she loves me. She does the same when she leaves for school in the morning. She recognizes some of her friends are different but makes sure to impress upon us why it’s important it’s not a big deal. Her eyes are wide open and so is her beautiful heart.
In a world where people can be so incredibly cruel it makes me so proud my girl is making her own path and leading with a strong heart.
I’m a proud Mama. Who is also sending all of you lots of love from heart on my sleeve.
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