Making Room to “Be You”


I had an amazing experience this morning that I just couldn’t wait to share.

From time to time I am blessed with the opportunity to share our TinySuperheroes stories with groups of people and it’s always amazing to share with other kids.

For the third year in a row, I had the privilege of spending time with a family group at North Kirkwood Middle School in St. Louis. Since I have been with them before, I wanted to do something a little different, so I brought our “Be You” poster from our first Membership Mission for them to do together!

After encouraging them to channel their 7 year old superhero selves, a room full of 11-13 year olds got on board to complete their Mission!

But something really special happened. While everyone was drawing their pictures and figuring out their super powers, one girl pulled me aside. She said that she usually doesn’t share this, but that she felt comfortable and safe within this class…and she wanted to share that she can relate to our TinySuperheroes because she has had over 48 surgeries in her life!

She wrote all about it on her poster, and at the end of our time together, she stood up to tell all of her classmates about her experience.

Her story is Extraordinary, but what I think is worth a moment of reflection is that it was in this scenario, around this conversation that she felt safe to share. The confidence and pride that radiated from her as she educated them about the brain tumor she had as a baby and the shunt she has now made me feel SO proud of her.

The whole experience made me realize that one of the things we need to give each other more of is time and space to be who we are. And in that space and in those conversations, we are all more comfortable with sharing the unique experiences that makes us each Extraordinary.

Thank you Mrs. Lancaster & Dr. Moore for making room for your students to feel proud of who they are!

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1 reply
  1. Suzanne Tucker
    Suzanne Tucker says:

    This is such a powerful story. Giving kids the opportunity to feel safe — to look within, find their super powers, and to share about them with others. There is no more important mission that this. And with middle school children no less. Inspiring. xo Suzanne


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