But we'll get to this girl in a bit.
They add to the memories.
These conferences means more to me than just learning and connecting. It has brought unexpected and lasting friendships to my daughter which in return enabled her to leave an indelible imprint in the life of those kids she touches and vice versa. Friendships that extends to us, parents. Memories that are encapsulated in my heart and hers forever - creating a bond that can't be broken. Memories that keeps the friendship alive even after the conference is long done and sustaining it beyond the turn of time. Even in spite of the distance that sets them apart.
These are one of the things we look forward to when going to conferences. It's not just for me. It's also for my daughter and the friends she'd made.
And the girl? Well, my daughter met her on the second night at Disney while we were there for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. She was sitting next to an empty seat on the bus heading to Hollywood Studios for our private dinner. My daughter decided to sit next to her. She started talking to the girl. Her small talk turned into chatter that molded a bond. A friendship.
Ah what could be so special about this you say? Nothing extraordinary about it at all. You're probably thinking... "Little girl meets another girl. They become friends. Simple. End of story. Right?" Wrong!
For years, this girl never had any friends. She's 8 and was ostracized at her school because she can't connect socially. "I decided that I will bring her to bibbidi bobbidi boutique and give her a princess treatment. Buy her the most expensive princess dress because she's got nothing, at least this way, she'll have something" her mom said which pierced through my heart. "And now she's made friends!" - A breakthrough!
"You don't know how profound this is..". Her mom continued to narrate. I, on the other hand was stunned as I watch this quiet girl chattering loud along side my daughter. Even dancing and singing at the dance floor with her. They became inseparable that night. It made me feel like my daughter was the fairy Godmother and transformed this girl into Cinderella. She brought that wonderful girl out from within and gave her something. Something so simple yet so precious. Just like Cinderella, from having nothing, now, she's gotten something. And the best thing about it? My daughter never had any clue just what she did. Priceless...
These are the kinds of memories and opportunities in life that I don't want my daughter to miss. And I want to experience them together as a family. Truly magical if you ask me. This is why I ALWAYS want them with me. At All cost. Pretty simple, right? RIGHT! What about you? What additional perks in life do you get at conferences?