Friday, March 28, 2014

A Friend Like Melinda

If you could take a look through our (huge) album of pictures of the children here at New Day Foster Home, you would be struck by something about the photographs of Melinda.  Yes, her amazing face-lighting-up smile, but something else as well.  In so many of the pictures she is with another child, showing affection to them.  You'll see her helping a toddler.  Hugging a friend.  Showing love.

There are a lot of little ones in the downstairs playrooms these days, like Gabriel, Adia, Lena and Talley, and Melinda is such a wonderful big sister to them.

Melinda turns six this summer and she's now one of the older children here.  Just as she has learnt compassion and affection from her nannies, teachers and volunteers, she now demonstrates those same qualities to the younger children.

Melinda embodies the famous 'Children Learn What They Live' quote by Dorothy Law Nolte;
"...If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love...."

Being a carer can be exhausting though, and every girl needs some best friend/big sister time.

Everyone needs a friend like Melinda.

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