BELLE's lessons focus on being ENOUGH
When children meet Belle they instantly feel empowered to BE KIND. They see first hand the effects of bullying and the power of kindness. As children touch Belle’s scars, they help turn them from old wounds to love spots and they become empowered to help themselves and others heal from their wounds too.
But Belle has another lesson to teach that is just as important.
We don't know Belle's full story. Some people say she was a bait dog in a dog fighting ring because she was found as a stray with multiple bite wounds. But her story may be much simpler than that. Her wounds could have resulted from being in some scuffles out on the street, scuffles that she may have even started. Belle may have even done some bullying herself. But that doesn’t make Belle any less. We have no way of knowing her full history, we can only see the effects of her story. Belle's story doesn't need to be sensational, she is lovable and valuable just as she is.
Belle's biggest lesson for humans is the fact that she is ENOUGH. Her existence is ENOUGH. And she will teach children that they are ENOUGH too. That their story doesn’t need to be embellished, they don’t need to exaggerate or lie to be accepted. She will teach kids to stay true to themselves, forgive themselves, trust themselves and simply BE themselves. Belle teaches us all that we are not our story. That we are enough simply because we are.
We love you Belle, you are whole and complete just as you are, you never need to be anything more than YOU.