7 Things I’ve Learned From Our Little Heroes
Just over a year ago, the camp staff and I had an idea. We all loved camp, and we hated the idea of waiting a full year before seeing the kids again. Why not continue camp during the school-year? And so Heroes Academy was born. We’ve since been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy deepened relationships with the 70+ wonderful children who’ve taken part.
Here’s a list of the top 7 things that I’ve learned from them thus far:
1) “Relationships trump everything.”
I’m a big fan of good programming. I think good games and good activities (and good snacks) matter. But every week confirms for me that it’s the little “human” moments that mean the most. If the only thing the kids learn from us is how special they are and how much we adore them, that’s lesson enough.
2) “You can choose clean and orderly, or chaotic and fun.”
They leave a small disaster behind them every week, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
3) “Listening can be over-rated.”
I get too focused sometimes on whether or not they are quiet and attentive. But the truth is that what really matters is whether they feel like they’re in safe place where their little voices matter. Sometimes I’m the one who needs to listen more.
4) “Adults are often jaded creatures.”
Every week, without fail, one of the kids says something that floors me. I wouldn’t want to be in a world without their innocence, honesty, and purity of heart.
5) “Funny videos are better when watched with kids.”
They just are. I enjoy the same clip twice as much when hearing their chortling, giggling, and childish enthusiasm in the background.
6) “Getting hit by a rubber chicken can be an expression of endearment.”
Kids have funny ways of saying “I love you”.
7) “There are few types of pain that a hug and a shared snack can’t solve.”
We’ve seen our share of bruised knees and hurt feelings, and it isn’t always just the kids that need comfort. It’s a universal recipe.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who’ve helped to make this program happen. I’ve got so much affection for these kids. I feel like my heart is going to burst at the seams sometimes. May God allow us to be a blessing in their precious little lives as they grow to be the heroes that He created them to be.
PS – Don’t forget. Costume party on 29th. Blanket fort on 5th — please bring as many blankets as humanly possible!