Armadillo means ‘little armoured one’ and refers to the tough outer shell that protects the Armadillo from larger and stronger animals. Without this shell, the Armadillo is a very vulnerable, helpless and small animal. Over the years, this brilliant little creature has managed to find a way of surviving within a frightening environment full of danger.
This week I’ve found myself thinking about this tough little animal. I can’t help but draw comparisons between the Armadillo and so many of the looked after children that I’ve worked with. Just like the Amadillo, they also needed to develop a tough outer shell that protected them from an unpredictable and frightening world.
So here’s to all the brilliant and brave little Armadillos out there who, against all the odds have found a way to survive. I hope one day you can feel safe enough to step outside of that shell.