June 8, 2015
No baby news yet. We’ll keep you posted.
While we are waiting on Madison (Madi) Ryleigh Smith to say hello, I’d like to write about another Madi that we know.
take a quick glance with me back in time—back ten, twenty, or even forty years, when you were a youngster.
Do you remember someone who mentored you? Spent time with you? Invested in you?
That’s quite the meaningful memory, isn’t it?
In the past year or so, Sarah has been experiencing the joy of mentorship, not just with the kids she teaches in her Sunday school class but with individual kids, as well. One of those kids is our sweet little friend, Madi.
Madi and her grandma, Wanda, go to our church, and Madi is always eager to be in any drama, dance, or musical opportunity that comes along. Here she is in our Easter drama.
Just recently, I’ve started giving her piano lessons and she is so excited about that because she loves music.
Since Madi also loves writing and telling stories, Sarah has been working with her on writing scripts, shooting videos and editing the videos. Like Nathan, Sarah is a natural teacher and loves sharing her knowledge.
And in between the piano and video lessons, every once in a while, Sarah and I grab Madi and take her off on an adventure.
Last summer, we went to Columbia, NC, to a nature walk and a museum.
Last winter, Madi enjoyed the snow on our back deck.
When the weather warmed up, Sarah took her to the sound for some by-the-water-walking.
Our most recent adventure took place last month when I had an appointment in Norfolk. Since Sarah didn’t have to work that day, she and I hatched up a plan for Madi to go along so that she and Sarah could go to the Norfolk Zoo while I was at my appointment.
Here they are leaving the zoo, tired but happy.
After they had gotten back in the car, Madi politely inquired as to whether or not there might be a mall anywhere nearby.
Well, as it turns out, there was. And so off we went!
Madi had never been in a glass elevator and was completely entranced.
And as it turns out, she had never been on an escalator, either. Big adventure!
All three of us were delighted when we discovered that the mall had a Barnes and Noble. Life doesn’t get much better than getting to do some bookstore browsing.
Toward the end of the 2-hour drive back home, Madi conked out in the back seat, full of happiness and memories.
And you know what?
When you get a chance to make a kid happy, it makes your own heart happy.
Investing in a child is investing in a future world that you won’t live to see. However, the child you mentored will. That child will take the investments of your heart, your time, and your energy and draw from them over and over in the years to come.
Which brings me back to my original question.
Did you have any mentors? Do any of them stand out to you in particular? Are there are certain lessons you learned from them? Honor your mentor today by telling us about them.
Are you a currently a mentor?
We would love to hear your mentor stories.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.