Ever since the school year began, Trixi and I had been looking forward to the Mother-Daughter Bonding Night in her school. It’s finally here! We were both so excited to have this chance to be together, just the two of us.
Our first task was to put up our tent. Trixi chose a spot and she soon got started. Her friend Sabrina helped her set it up. For a while it looked like it was going to rain. But the skies cleared up and the weather was just perfect. The wind was cool and the stars were out.
There were different activities lined up. There were talks given by other AA moms regarding their experiences. A movie about a mother’s love was shown after dinner. To go with the movie, there was free popcorn and hotdogs for everybody. We laid out a mat and sat on the soccer field to watch the movie.
It was the first time for both of us to sleep in a tent. It was quite cold at night. It felt so good to snuggle under our blanket.
The next day, we were made to go through different Bonding Stations. Each station had a different theme. Our first station was named “Playtime Memories”, where we played different childhood games like jackstones, pick-up-sticks, jump rope, and hula hoops. Next up was the “What If” Station. Both of us were given a set of questions to ask the other. It was a chance to ask questions which, ordinarily, might be difficult to ask.
In the “This I Promise You” Station, we took turns writing down our promises to each other.
The next station was the “Kodak Moment”. We had our picture taken by a professional photographer in the school garden. After that, we went to the “Believe in Me” Station. In this station, the daughters were made to undergo different challenges while blindfolded. This represents the difficulties that may arise during adolescence.
The mothers’ task was to guide the girls and make sure they reach the end safely. In life, we parents try to guide and protect our children as they navigate the world. I hope that my daughter realizes that she can trust us always.
Our last station was “You Are Wonderful”. The introduction to the station said: “Because of the ‘busyness’ of our lives, we forget to pay attention to what is essential. We forget to say affirming words, to say words of encouragement or to give a pat on the back for a job well done. This station will give you an opportunity to look into what is beautiful and good in one another.” We were given 16 cut-out hearts where we wrote words of affirmation and pinned them to each other.
I am really grateful that Trixi and I were given this wonderful opportunity. We had a great time doing things together. I hope that we continue to be open to each other, even as she grows older. May this only be the start of more bonding activities together.