“It’s important to remember that we all have magic inside us.”
How would you feel it someone described you as magical? How would it affect the way you regarded yourself? Pretty great, huh?
Well, in a recent conversation between my mother and daughter, my mom called her magical. My mother’s voice immediately sprung to life when she heard my child’s voice. She practically sang my daughter’s name and repeated over and over what a good girl my daughter is. It did not matter if she did everything right that day, week, month or year. She was not judging one action or interaction. She was stringing together a series of experiences and observations that led her to that comment.
So, what did my daughter do to deserve such adoration? Nothing special. She was just herself. Her kind nature, her upbeat spirit, her singing through life was heard loud and clear through the phone lines that day and every day they spoke. Every. Single. Day.
My mother suffers from dementia and now easily forgets topics in the same conversation. Much of what we converse about is repeated over and over without recollection that it was discussed just seconds ago. It does not faze my daughter. She answers the question or listens to the story like it was the first time it has come up. That genuine care and patience are qualities we cannot truly take credit for teaching her. She embodied them from the moment she began interacting with others. She listens intently, thinks of others and exudes her effervescence at every opportunity. She has much more of a gift for genuinely seeing and being good. Except for my mother, I have never known a more positive person than my daughter.
In life, you always want to be someone who people are excited to see and sad when it’s time to go. I don’t know that I always live up to that expectation myself, but my daughter brightens every place she goes. She has been told that multiple times by countless people. She has already surpassed my grandest hopes and expectations because she such a good person and leaves you wanting more. She has that je ne sais quoi—that little something special.
I know that’s how I would like to be described so I am going to harness my girl’s positivity and her ability to always make people feel good by sprinkling some of her magic.