It's good to be unique - Catholic Courier

It’s good to be unique

Today marks eight weeks since the birth of my youngest daughter, Scarlett. Shortly after Scarlett was born on Aug. 27, my husband and I commented on how much she resembled her older sister, Isabella. We were struck by that resemblance again last week as we looked at pictures taken when Isabella was about two months old. Scarlett also seems to share Isabella’s cheerful nature as well.

Although we love to observe the characteristics our two beautiful girls share, we’re also looking forward to learning what makes each unique. Several small differences already have started to emerge. Scarlett is taller than Isabella was at this age, for instance, and she’s also more vocal about letting us know when she needs a diaper change.

To us, our girls’ personalities are like gifts that will be unwrapped over time. We can’t wait to see who they’ll become and what special gifts each possesses. Our challenge as parents will be to appreciate each of our daughters for who she is, rather than how she compares to her sister. I’m sure our daughters will be very different from each other in many ways, but I’m also sure their differences will enrich our family.

Such diversity will enrich any family, a lesson the St. Joseph School family learned last week. On Oct. 18 the Auburn school held its first-ever Unique-A-Thon, during which students displayed their own special gifts and talents while raising money for their school. Each student chose an activity he or she excelled at and participated in that activity during the event in exchange for pledge money from parents, relatives and friends.

Students did everything from jumping rope and hopping on pogo sticks to drawing pictures and reading books. They had a great time while learning an important lesson:

We’re all unique, and that’s a good thing.


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