A Loyal Daughter Like Belle
A few weeks ago before my health took a turn for the worst we managed to get out to a local garden to take a few photos of Sylvia in her Beauty and the Beast Belle dress.
I have to admit, we do love dressing up and having a bit of fun and taking photos when Sylvia is in the mood to do so can be a real joy. I’ve often missed out on going places with my daughter due to illness and having a husband who enjoys taking pictures has had its advantages.
A Loyal Daughter
Just like Belle was a loyal daughter to her father in the story Beauty and the Beast, my daughter is very loyal to me. It’s one quality I love about Sylvia. She is honest, kind and loving and really does care for me as her mother, just as I care for her.
When I looked up the word Loyal in the dictionary there were a number of explanations and two which stood out to me were the words, trustworthy and bond.
I’ve taught my daughter to trust me and show her that I trust her. Of course, being a child, there will be times when things are not hunky-dory but I’ve tried to teach Sylvia to be honest. I’ve told her time and time again, It is better to tell me than not tell me.
An example would be dropping a plate. I’d be more cross if a plate was smashed and the accident hidden than the fact the plate had been smashed. I don’t tend to get annoyed or cross when accidents happen anyway but it’s just an example. The point is, it’s better to tell mum things than not.
My daughter knows that it’s so much easier to tell mum things and have a gentle reaction than not tell and potentially end up in trouble.
The Mother-Daughter Bond
My daughter and I have a strong bond. In fact, it’s great that she is comfortable telling me about the problems and difficulties she faces as a young girl. She is not afraid to tell me when she is hurt or upset or when something has gone wrong.
Sylvia knows I will listen and try to understand and it’s good to know that despite me being sick I am always available to listen and support her emotionally when the physical aspect is limited.
My daughter is going away on a school trip and although I am excited for her, I shall miss her for the few days that she is away.
The funny thing is she is going to miss me too. We really do get along really well and it’s great that she is able to go out like Belle and explore the world and then return home happy and in the place, she is meant to be.
I think being loyal, to one another, Sylvia as a daughter and me as a mother is really important. We have a strong bond and a great relationship and she understands and see me for who I am in my heart, rather than for what I can and cannot do, how I look or don’t look.
I think lessons can be learned from the story of Beauty and the beast and they are lessons of loyalty, of looking at the heart, of building relationships and being trustworthy. Belle was all those and so is my daughter.
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