A few weeks ago we received an invitation in the mail to attend a recognition banquet at the Downingtown office of our cyber school. The invitation was for Molly and her family. She was one of the students be honored. We made plans to attend and initially we planned on making it a special mother/daughter trip for just Molly and I.
As Ozzie’s return home neared I watched the kids came to terms with this transition as they individually sorted through the mix of emotions tied to Ozzie’s return home. Molly in particular struggled to reconcile her past hurts and the need to forgive with anxiety that Ozzie would return home unchanged. She had such a desire to forgive and move forward but struggled to let go of the past hurts Ozzie had inflicted and trust that it was safe to emotionally open up to him. I saw the conflict playing out as she worked to forgive and move forward. My heart broke for her and Ozzie and all the other kids because I knew the hard emotional journey before her…before us all.
I also saw the spiritual maturity she showed as she approached those struggles humbly and prayerfully. As her recognition banquet approached she came to me to ask my thoughts on inviting Ozzie to come along on her special mother/daughter weekend. It was with great love she decided to set aside her own selfish desires and invite Ozzie along, hoping that some one-on-one time and special shared experiences might serve as a healing balm to past hurts.
When she extended the invitation to Ozzie he too was touched and motivated by her desire to heal their relationship and move forward, so he reciprocated her efforts with his own and decided to treat Molly to a fun, shared experience.
While he was at Harborcreek RTF Ozzie had the opportunity to earn “allowance” for daily chores and community work. After returning home he received a check in the mail closing his account. He decided to use a portion of that check to do something special for Molly on the trip and make a memory that was just theirs to share.
As a Mom I was touched and moved by both of their desires to forgive, heal and mend their relationship as siblings and the maturity and selflessness they each showed in sacrificing their own selfish desires for something bigger than themselves…
So, on Monday morning we left on a road trip of hope and healing as we headed east to Downingtown.
After a few stops along the way we made it to our hotel. Molly and Ozzie reveled in the fun of staying at a hotel,
Swimming in the hotel pool,
And enjoying the most delicious complementary breakfast I have ever seen at a hotel!
After breakfast we got dolled up and ready to head over to the school for Molly’s recognition banquet and lunch with her teachers.
The celebration began with a catered lunch of salmon, zucchini patties, chicken and macaroni and cheese. We enjoyed picnicking outside with the Hudak’s who were also there for Tatum’s recognition.
After lunch we moved inside where a board meeting was taking place.
There, in front of the board and their families, two dozen students were recognized and honored for achievements apart from their academics.
It was a delight to see Tatum and Molly celebrated for their charitable endeavors.
After they received their awards we stuck around long enough to visit with some of their learning coaches and teachers, both past and present.
Ozzie was over the moon to get to see his learning coach, Halley Scarpignato, who surprised Ozzie with a new 21CCCS t-shirt.
After saying our good-byes we were on the road, headed back home with a fun stop along the way.
(In the next blog I will share some of the fun Molly and Ozzie shared these last two days.)
It was two days of healing and connecting for two of my kiddos.
Forgiveness isn’t easy.
Letting go of past hurts is hard.
Trusting those who have disappointed you requires faith,
And moving forward requires a certain level of selfless surrender…
But I know healing can be found in the most torn relationships if you can surrender the pain to the Heavenly Healer…
The same healer who turned water to wine, brought sight to the blind, calmed storms, and raised men from death…
I testify that God can take relationships left in ashes and breathe life into what was destroyed, making it better than before.
I know this to be true…
I’m watching it happen.