I spent this weekend getting to know my daughters friends in a totally different way. I also got to meet en observe some of the boys in her group. And I had the chance to see her amongst her friends - sometimes unknown by her. It's been a blessing and very insightful.
I went on a Voortrekker camp with A this weekend. Failing going into a long discussion about what the Voortrekkers are let's just suffice to say that they strive to build positive citizens with a Christian background with an adventure and outdoor angle. In very simplified terms something like the Scouts but not the same - the goals are possibly similar.
When their leader asked for a parent to join in the weekend she said " live a little, feel young again, give your child a special weekend with you". So we decided I will go. It's been exactly what she promised it will be.
It's really been worth it. They did a "Wildlife recognition " badge - they learned about mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in South Africa and we had many fun activities in the mix. We had a nature walk or 2, they made and set a safe bird trap, we had learning sessions where they studied an animal and presented it to the others in groups. We also cast animal tracks in plaster of Paris and made a bird feeder for the garden. It's been a whole lot of fun.
But without a doubt the best part was having a chance to see her amongst her peers. To observe the interactions and see the kids where they are without the immediate support of their parents. The true colours do come through. I am happy with her choices of friends -more than ever and thankful that we seem to have equipped her with the background to make good decisions. Let's hope this trend continues as they grow older.