Lady

What is a baby? I just can’t understand.
It must be something wonderful. It must be something grand.
‘Cause everybody’s smiling, in a kind and wistful way,
and they haven’t even noticed that I’m around today.

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being forgotten. Whether your parents had or adopted a new baby brother or sister, a friend started dating someone and left you in the dust, or even if you’re used to being the ‘teacher’s pet’ and they started paying more attention to another student. Any of these things and more can leave you feeling confused, depressed, and a little threatened – no one likes being bumped off their proverbial throne. You do have to realize, however, that people love new things. And so do you! It’s exciting to discover something you’ve never experienced before. And you also know that the more it sparkles, the more attention it gets. But eventually the shine gets duller and life returns to normal. Though your feelings may be hurt, it’s important to think about the excitement the other person must be feeling and let them fully enjoy their new-found happiness; some of the thrill only lasts a very short while. Respect them and their joy – and they’ll respect yours in return. ©

Belle

Townspeople:
Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar. I wonder if she’s feeling well.
With a dreamy far off look. And her nose stuck in a book.
What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle…

Sometimes people just don’t understand us. They judge us by the way we look, act or choose to live our lives. And when it’s not in correspondence with their expectations, they tend to think negative thoughts. Belle is smart and independent and even though she wonders if there’s “more than this provincial life,” she stays true to herself and what brings her happiness – in particular, reading storybooks. She nurtures the ‘child at heart’ with these fables of “far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and a prince in disguise.” She’s very much a young woman who perhaps dreams of finding her own prince someday, but is enjoying where she is in life at every moment. This is what I want to encourage you to do. Continue to find joy in what the world deems ‘childish’ for these are the innocent pleasures people try to rob from us with their judgements. Just because they see it as ‘weird’ or ‘uncool’, who cares? If you love it and it brings you happiness, that’s all that really matters. ©