We have had some beautiful weather this week. There have been several days when the temperature has gotten above 70 degrees. Today the sun is shining, there is a light breeze, and you don’t even need a coat to be outside. I would have to say the weather is nearly perfect.
The kids have enjoyed playing outside and we have taken several walks through the field and woods this week. On Monday the kids and I walked through the woods with my father-in-law.
Joseph (almost 3) wanted me to carry him at the beginning of our walk. There were several hills and there were sticks and brambles to navigate. Carrying him wasn’t the easiest thing for this pregnant old woman to do. Yet, I knew he needed the security that my embrace gave him.
After we had been walking awhile I encouraged him to walk on his own. He wasn’t sure at first, but eventually decided that it was fun to walk the trails.
Soon he was no longer walking but was running. By the time I got out of the woods and into the field he was probably 100 yards ahead of me. He was keeping up with his older siblings and loved every minute of it.
As I watched him go I started thinking about what my role as a mother is. I think that my job is to hold my children and give them reassurance right now, so that one day they will have the confidence to “run ahead” and be adults.
So, while holding my son through the rough parts of the trail might not have been the most comfortable or easiest thing for me to do on our walk, it was just the reassurance he needed at the time.
Being a parent isn’t always easy. However, I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to raise these precious children.