Friday, August 01, 2008

I'm not so sure I'm ready...

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In fact, I'm sure I'm NOT ready.

We had a great time at the park the other day.
Soon I spied our little adventurer climbing higher than I'd seen him go before.


Mommy instinct: DANGER DANGER

I stepped closer, but heeded Mr. Daddy's "hang back a bit, let him try".

I knew he was right, but boy did I not want to be on the comforting end of a bloody lip or a bonked head if the little guy lost his footing.

So I got the camera out and started snapping (Mr. Daddy was under strict orders to stay within arm's reach of the intrepid boy).

It was with equal parts terror and pride that I watched my not-so-itty-bitty-baby climb higher and higher.

Click.

"Wow, you're going high there big boy!"

Click.

"All by yourself!" (insert a tremble in my voice here)

Click.

"Almost to the top!"

And then it happened.


His foot slipped and in an instant there was nothing between him and the ground except a couple metal bars that were kind of in the way of his precious face.

Gasp. Click.

or Click. Gasp.

It was simultaneous.

Tristan had no idea of the major owie awaiting had Mr. Daddy's lightning reflexes not caught him.

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His feet back on the rungs, he didn't even hesitate. He climbed to the top and went butt-first down the slide. While my heart slowly regained its rhythm.

*
Was I looking for a deeper meaning in this? Uh-huh.

I learned that my son has more faith in his earthly Father, than I often do in my Heavenly one.

How often I am afraid to even approach the climb because I'm afraid of falling, of failure, and of owies?

I watch as others slide down in glee and I envy them... forgetting that their climb may have been harder than mine.

I forget that my Heavenly Father stands ready to catch me, but He still calls me to climb, to trust, and to exercise my faith (isn't it dead otherwise?)

And the WhooHooOO YeeeaaAH at the end is so going to be worth it.

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14 comments:

Hilary said...

Hi, this is MCK Mama's sister and I just want to say thank you for praying for her and Stellan.
Thank you for your encouraging comments and thank you for posting a link on your blog so others can read about Stellan as well.
I truly am blessed by all the support and prayers out there.
Thank you and God Bless!
Hilary

Jaime said...

I'm just like you, I don't want them to get hurt. But, we have boys, remember? They're going to get hurt. :-) And we want them to be tough and not sissies!

All I can say is I'd hate to be the first girl to break their heart. She'd better watch out! :-) I'm just sayin'...

You sure do have a cute little man there (and a wise big man to encourage you to let him have some space) :-)

Jaime said...

Yes, please feel free to post pictures! I can't wait to see it with pictures in it. It's so fun to see them personalized. :-) Thanks for the free advertising.

Pinkalicious said...

Thank you, once again, for so eloquently sharing your thoughts and singing to my heart. As a fellow Christian, you've given me something to really ponder.

I am so glad Mr. Daddy did catch Tristan and nothing happened to his beautiful, cherub face. :) I am with you on play equipment. I have to remember to let go a bit.

Sara

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