I am so proud of my daughter who is promoting as quickly as she can in Civil Air Patrol. She has goals. She wants to be a technical sergeant before their summer encampment. We PCS this summer and she hopes it will help her transition more easily into a new squadron wherever we move.
I love seeing the leadership skills develop as she learns new concepts and takes on more responsibility. She narrates to me the events of her CAP meetings every Tuesday evening. I listen to her complaints and compliments and successes and ideas. I can see her beam when her ideas have been heard and commended by the squadron leadership. She’s realizing she’s not just a little kid anymore since the CAP members are 12-adult. She shines in this environment.
Liz applied to be the squadron public relations NCO this month.
She had to write a biographical essay and submit some photography samples. I was very impressed. She captured some great shots of backyard birds. I hope she gets the position! There’s another candidate who’s older, so she’s a little worried.
For summer encampment, there are duties she can volunteer for to help offset costs, and I am pleased that she is looking into these work options to help out. I am surprised she would even consider the kitchen helper duty since she doesn’t care to do that at home!
I know my girl has fears about what the next few years will bring. After we move this summer, she will experience her high school years in our new location. I try not to invalidate her feelings. I know the moving around every two to four years is hard on a kid. I know social stuff is difficult to navigate – I’m still learning! She’s brave. She has convictions. She teaches me so much.
I’m so proud of my daughter.
And I need to remember to tell her how much I love her and how proud I am of who she is becoming. I need to stop and pray more – with her and for her.
I need to remember that every word out of my mouth, my tone, my body language, my eyes . . . speak to her. She’s learning and absorbing it all. She’s watching me as a model for what a woman, wife, and mother is and should be.
I can speak love and life into her goals and dreams . . . or I can kill her aspirations with a harsh word.