"I love you too honey." I called back as I curved up the winding staircase.
"Oh dear." Jodi sympathizes. "That poor little one must have so much trauma going on inside her head." I agreed but secretly thought I had more sympathy for the poor mom. Not content to leave us in this situation, Jodi called back in the afternoon. "I'm speaking in Bountiful tonight. Why don't you and Ladybug join me for the drive and dinner and we'll all have a special night together."
We enjoyed a nice drive together. We ate a delicious dinner. Jodi gave a fabulous presentation on virtue and true beauty. Virtue defined by President Hinkley is seeking out the good, and avoiding the bad. True beauty is virtue. She invited Ladybug up to the front and made her part of the presentation. Ladybug answered a few questions then sat down. After many slices of homemade chocolate cake we drove home. I asked Ladybug about her favorite part of the evening. "Going up to the front with Jodi." she replied.
Jodi dropped us off and gave Ladybug a plaque she had made about true beauty. "Thank you so much for being my special visitor! It meant so much that you would come with me." Bug smiled and happily tromped into the house and WILLINGLY down to bed.
As I wash my face and think about the day and about Jodi's message... I want to paint my own picture of virtue or "true beauty." My dear friend found me in pain. She recognized my daughter lives in pain. Without concern about what others would think or how it would fit into her presentation, she offered my daughter and I a pre-built date to soothe our ruffled feathers as we spent time together. She further pulled Ladybug up in front of 100 others and used her as an example of virtue in a troubled world... She built her soul, her self esteem, her happy feelings. If that weren't enough, she brought her a special memento. According to Jodi, virtue includes, "compassion, reverence for motherhood, righteous influence, sympathy, and good works. Jodi asked Ladybug to draw her a picture of true beauty.