Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love children. I was going to have a hundred when I grew up! It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I think children are amazing…especially my own children. They’re constantly amazing me with this and that so I thought I’d brag on one of them for a minute (or two or three).
A couple of weeks ago, CareBear had the amazing opportunity to join our Stake youth on a Pioneer Trek. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, this website explains it very nicely. Initially she wasn’t going to be able to go because the age cutoff was just after her birthday. She was crushed! 😦 CareBear doesn’t necessarily love camping situations, but she loves any situation that allows her to hang out with friends. And she thrives on anything that is spiritual building. The Trek happens about every 4 years, so she was heartbroken and disappointed when she thought she couldn’t go this time. When our Stake decided to change the cutoff date, CareBear was beyond excited.
A couple of weeks before she was supposed to go, something happened that started to make her doubt if she could handle going. When she was younger, she used to get nosebleeds. Nothing was wrong, but they can be a bit embarrassing and messy. Their return without warning earlier this summer, was quite a bit disconcerting. That may seem like an over reaction, but the intensity of the nosebleeds makes the mess afterwards looks like a crime scene! CareBear was really worried about having that happen on the Trek. She was also worried about getting hurt. Her camping “tradition” entails some form of injury. She’s sprained ankles, slipped and hit the ground with her face, and have had branches fall on her head…so you can see why camping isn’t necessarily her favorite favorite thing to do.
This is one of the things that makes her so amazing! She was willing to face her fears and go anyways. And because she did, she had an amazing time! At first, she said she was having a hard time keeping up and helping with her “family” cart. That first day she spent a lot of time in the back of the “train” feeling sad and disappointed in herself. I’m sure at this point it would have been easy to give up…I fear that if I were in her place, I probably would have done just that. It’s a good thing she’s not me! 🙂 This is when her amazing nature taught her a wonderful lesson. On the day that the women had to pull the carts on their own for a stretch, CareBear began to see how strong she really is. She began to see her weaknesses made strong. Not only did she help move her “family” handcart, she was able to help many others as well. Can you imagine the amazing feeling she felt when they were done? I hope she never forgets this experience…and all the other experiences she had on the Trek.
Our future is resting on the shoulders of the rising generations. Somehow I think they’re a lot stronger then is credited to them. They’re pretty amazing!