A Conversation With Young Anitra

Monday, September 24, 2012 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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If you’ve been reading the past few days, you know your DFFers are talking to themselves this week. I love this idea of being able to “chat” with my younger self. There’s so much I wish I’d been told and given the chance, here’s some of what I might say:

Hey 6 year old Anitra, play more. You won’t be a child for long. Enjoy it.

12 year old Anitra, Jesus loves you. He really, really loves YOU. It’s not just something people say. Hear it, accept it, it’s for real.

15 year old Anitra, did you hear what I told the 12 year old you? Let him love you and let that love spill out onto the people around you.  It will make a huge difference in the years to come. (And, by the way, listen to your mother—she knows what she’s talking about.)

17 year old Anitra, step away from the Snickers bar (it’s all fun and games until someone gets fat!).

19 year old Anitra, yep, he’s the one. Remember what I said about love? You’re going to need that piece of info as you build a life and legacy with him.

25 year old Anitra, hang in there. You’ll be better on the other side of this trouble. Remind yourself of what I told you when you were 15. Your baby girl is on the way and she’s gonna need you to tell her.

 


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