Since my last post, several comments have been made to me about grown ups doing them! So my confession: at the time, I couldn’t help myself–I did one with the kids.
It was the demo. And anyone can do this. I pasted a stem and a center (I cut them randomly from construction paper) to the main paper. Then I cut out petals. I said to the kids: “What are some of the virtues that I am working on? What do you hear me apologize for, and say I am working on?” Mary said, “Always being gentle, even when you are upset!” I said, “Bingo! That’s it! That is one of the things I am really working on right now!” So I wrote on a petal: “Always gentle.”
Then I said, “Is there anything that I am already good at? Not a sport or a hobby, but something that is a virtue? Something that makes God happy with how I am behaving?”
Jacob said, “You have good judgment. You know how to solve problems.”
“Thanks, Jake!” I said. So I wrote that on a petal.
Then I glued that one on the center. But I said, “Since I am not yet ‘Always gentle,’ I’ll just tape that one to the bottom here.” And I did that.
Clare and Leigh chimed in: “You are good at loving Jesus! You love Mass!” They said, “You are compassionate and loving!” So I wrote those down on more petals and glued them on.
At that point, we began the children’s flowers. What was so astounding to me, as I said, is that each person’s glued-on petals were so different, and yet so worthy of rejoicing! There was a virtual family celebration over each person’s character, and we delighted in the each one.