All Emily wanted for her 11th birthday was a special trip to Great Wolf Lodge for some mother/daughter time.
She gave up getting presents and a party and asked everyone to contribute to her wish. Knowing that she is at that precarious preteen age where things are changing and emotions are raging, as well as being the middle child with a brother, sister and 3 stepsiblings, we all agreed this would be a good time for Emily to get some one on one attention and have some fun. What I didn't plan on was how this trip would be good for Emily's SOUL.
During our two day stay I watched my daughter blossom from a sullen tween anxious about going back to school into an open book of emotions about her feelings and thoughts on life. She was so grateful for our time together she was in tears many times because she was so happy. We had so many good talks about friends, family and school. My favourite moment was when Emily wanted to read her baby book, which is a tradition we do on birthdays. In the book, she found a letter that I had written her when she was turning one and had stayed in an envelope in her baby book for 10 years. In the letter I told my baby girl how special and loved she is and when my grown up baby girl read those words she felt so loved and treasured and through her tears said "Thank you Mom".
Taking time out of our lives to go on this special trip was an incredible bonding experience for Emily and me, during a time in her life when she needs to feel this the most.
Name: Serina Purdy
Lodge: Niagara Falls, ON