On Wednesday morning Anna and I walked to school as we usually do. We noticed that several of the trees on the path had been pruned extensively since the last time we walked, on Monday.
"Ugh, I don't like it when they cut the trees back so much. It makes them look strange." I said.
"Mom! That's just like that video I watched on the Mormon Channel! Where the farmer has a bush and he cuts it back and the bush is not happy about it. But the bush grows back even more beautiful."
Yes, that's exactly right. Here is the video she was referring to
"Anna," I continued, "so what does that story mean?"
Um . . .
"It means that when we face trials and hard times - just like when the bush is pruned back - we can learn and grow and come back even more beautiful and stronger, just like the bush."
"Can you think of a way that that compares to our family?" I asked
Thinking . . .
"Think back to when we moved to Las Vegas. That was really hard for a while. We didn't have any friends. Going to a new school was scary and trying to learn things a different way was hard. If was different going to a new church after being in the same ward your whole life. It was so hot and sunny all the time you could barely open your eyes. We lived in that little apartment . . . ."
"Ya, with smokers underneath us! Blah"
"At the beginning, that move was a big hard thing for our family. But because of those experiences we learned and grew so much. We learned how to make new friends. We became closer together as a family. We are stronger just like that bush."
She smiled. And we continued on with our walk, the subject soon changing to spelling tests and how to walk with a janky leg.
I love these little moments where we can share and learn and make connections.
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Another video to watch: The Refiner's Fire