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Young Leader

Amy Willoughby
Reno NV USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 22 No. 4, July-August 2005, p. 154

My five-year-old daughter, Molly, has been attending LLL meetings since she was two months old. About a year ago we went through a stage where it was sometimes a struggle to get her out the door to go to meetings. Fortunately, reminding her of the friends she would see there always did the trick, and she would go, if somewhat grudgingly. Now she knows she will always find a friend to play with. When meeting time rolls around, she is happy to go. She even told me recently that she likes LLL meetings better than church. What a change!

I was quite tickled when our five-year-old neighbor came to visit not too long ago and Molly suggested that they play La Leche League. The little girl was not familiar with LLL and Molly had to explain it to her. I was quite curious as to what explanation she would offer, since I hadn't thought much about what meetings looked like from Molly's perspective. The conversation went something like this:
"I know, let's play lalayshee league!"
"What's that?"
"La layshee league is where the mommies have a meeting and the children play together."
"What?"
"The children play and the mommies talk about their babies." Then, feeling further explanation was needed, Molly added, "The mommies talk about their babies biting their...nipples!"
"What? I don't want to play that!"
"Okay, let's play we're kitties and you're the mommy kitty and I'm the lost baby kitten."
"Okay!"

No impromptu LLL meeting that day, but perhaps the seed is planted. If our little neighbor ever has a problem with babies biting her nipples, she'll know where to turn for support.

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