Behind the Magical Door

Hi, friends! Today's post comes from Jill, our counselor...

During an afternoon therapy group with all of the residents, I was pleasantly surprised at how great our kids are at critical thinking. The activity started with each kid having a sheet of sketch paper, crayons, and good listening ears. I read them a paragraph that goes something like… “Imagine you are in a gigantic, magical castle. You find yourself holding a key and staring at dozens of locked rooms. Your key will only open one room and you need to find the matching key hole. After trying lots of doors, you finally unlock a door… Behind this door is a room that contains something that you’ve always wanted in life. It can’t be anything that costs a lot of money like a game console or an iPod. It has to be something that you’ve always needed but have never been able to have.” After each child finished drawing their picture of what their magical room looked like, they were anxious to share. One 5th grader drew a picture of his dad who passed away when he was an infant. An 11th grader drew people coming to his football game because he said he’s never had family to come watch him play football, but knew that would change this year because the staff at Palmetto Place would come. An 8th grader drew what peace would look like because everyone in her family is always yelling and unhappy. At that moment I realized that support, peace, and relationships were a basic need just as food, shelter, and clothing to these kids. Next time you’re in the car driving and have some down time, think about what would be behind your magical door…