Valentine’s Day was very special at Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS), Dobbs Ferry, New York.
We invited a group of our Moms to participate in a Storytelling Program. Dr. Wendy Mages, a professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, was our storyteller. She told the story, Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. The story was told in both English and Spanish. After the telling of the story, the Moms broke out into small groups. Each group was led by a CIS intern. The Moms were asked to reflect on 2 statements, ‘What I love about my children’ and ‘What others love about me.’ There were beautiful discussions in the small groups and then in the larger group.
Each Mom received a heart-shaped box of chocolates. We then shared tacos, cupcakes, etc. There was a lot of laughter, tears and love. Everyone received a copy of the book so they could share the story with their children.
One of the Moms said, “Today I not only feel special, I feel so loved.” What a beautiful gift to receive on such a special day.