Facing the World

March 2, 2012 in discipline,Five Minute Friday

Around here we link up with Gypsy Mama and write for five minutes flat on Fridays.
We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.
On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)
Today’s word: ACHE.

I almost pick up the spelling packet three times. It waves at me, beckoning me to put it in my daughter’s folder for school. It is due tomorrow. I am working early and won’t be here to see if she finds it and remembers to take it. If she forgets, she’ll probably cry, a social mistake in 4th grade. No one will be home to call and take it to her. She needs to learn. 

Letting you learn, make mistakes, not always protecting you. That is part of my job. But my instincts, they don’t know the job description. They want to run ahead of you, knocking down every obstacle, every pointy object, every word with barbs. But life isn’t like that. It isn’t safe and comfortable and full of happiness. And now, while you are in my care, it’s my job to get you ready. To train you, to give battle plans, to point you to God, the only one you can fully trust. 

That pretty world? It isn’t so cute. 
And baby, you don’t always think I know what I am doing when I tell you no. And you are right. I am glad for now, that you don’t know how much I don’t know. Because watching you encounter the world, and wondering the best way to steer you. It makes me ache. 


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redemptionsbeauty March 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Just lovely. And this mama’s heart can relate. You say it well, how we ache tirelessly for our babies.

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devotedtoquilting March 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

How much we don’t know. Oh how true, and how we ache with that knowledge. Enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing. No matter how old our kids get, we still ache with the knowledge that pain will be part of their life and there’s nothing we can do about it. Preparing them for the aches and pains in life is the best we can do. Sounds like your kids will be protected from the pain of life as much as possible. Quilted blessings.

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Amanda March 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

ditto.

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Kerri (a simple princess) March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

i feel that ache. if i can’t protect them from the pain entirely i pray they will know that i will be here to help them through it

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Stacie March 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This is SO true. I ache just reading it and imagining the possibilities…

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Samantha Kelley March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

So much ache in parenting! Reminds me of when my oldest started to walk, and I covered all of the corners with cushions!

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Paula Ebert March 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Such a beautiful post about letting go… I struggle with being a control freak myself. 🙂 And as my kids are growing, I know there are going to be times when I have to let them mess up… so they can learn. Thank you for sharing about this very tough part of parenting! God bless you!!

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Laura March 3, 2012 at 1:13 am

Best part of Fridays….being encouraged by friends (Amanda you commented! Thank you) and other bloggers….thank you all.

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Michele {A Life Surrendered} March 4, 2012 at 4:42 am

This is full of wisdom… thank you for this… I fail at allowing my kiddos to learn from their mistakes… maybe so I am not inconvenienced … but I will be more mindful.. because I do them an injustice if I don’t.. blessings to you..

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