Lauren is painfully shy.
And a master at making discouraging faces to anyone who invades her sense of personal space.
So, when I had to take her with me to clean our neighbor ladies house I was a little apprehensive, to say the least.
I have known Wanda since I was 15. I grew up living right across the road from her. She is like part of our family and I enjoy helping her when I can. She has severe Macular Degeneration and can't see well enough to clean her home anymore, so I help her with basic cleaning.
Lauren knows Wanda a little. Mostly from hearing all of us talking about her and some from the several times they have met. But, I wasn't sure if she would sit nicely on Wanda's couch or if she would adhere herself to my leg while I cleaned. Thankfully Wanda has The Dish, so we were able to put cartoons on the T.V.
As I vacuumed, Lauren watched me and Wanda watched Lauren. As I moved on to clean the bathroom I heard this...
Wanda: How are your brothers today?
Wanda: Is your grandpa hauling corn today?
Wanda: Do you like kitties?
I sent up a silent prayer that Lauren would come out of her shell and at least respond with a one word answer.
Several minutes later I heard this...
Lauren: Twinkle, twinkle, little star...I know that.
Wanda: What sweetie? Wanda doesn't hear to good anymore?
Lauren: Twinkle, twinkle, little star...do you know that?
Wanda: I sure do like your hair.
Lauren: Which one (character on the TV) do you like?
Wanda: Uh huh, sure!
Lauren: I like newborn babies.
Wanda: My niece used to like Barney when she was growing up, too.
For the next five minutes or so they each held up their end of what sounded like one-sided conversations! I have never been so entertained while scrubbing a toilet before!
By the time we left Lauren was twirling around the living room, doing sideways somersaults and wandering from room to room like an old pro.
Thank you Lord for bringing my little girl out of her shell long enough to entertain a dear, sweet friend. The transformation from shy and withdrawn to cheerful, energetic and sweet was a blessing to an elderly lady who I'm sure is lonely.
And I so want others to see this side of her...
happy, sweet, friendly and ready to love!