People Who Believe in You

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This photo at the girls’ boarding school we toured in Trois-Rivières reminded me of my own days as a baton twirler.

Baton Twirlers
Baton Twirlers, 1961

I still like to twirl sometimes. Sometimes when I exercise, I do one of our old majorette routines on my mini trampoline, sans baton. While two of our grandchildren and I were playing recently, I showed them some twirls with a toy baton. Then they sat on the sidelines while I did a parade for them down the hall, performing that old majorette parade routine from the late 1960s. They were thrilled.

Around that same time, I noticed in Mother’s copy of my hometown newspaper that it was baton twirling week in Tennessee (I didn’t even know there was such a thing!) and time for the national baton twirling contest. I told our six-year-old granddaughter about the contest. She said, “You should do that. You would win!”

I had four fun years as a majorette in the high school marching band, but I never was a champion twirler. I cherish our granddaughter’s confidence in me more than I would ever have cherished a twirling trophy.

We all need people who believe in us. And believing in other people — young or old — is a precious gift we can give to them and it’s free!

. . . encourage one another and build up one another,
just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11


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