Pure Joy

It is great to have time to sit and watch my grandchildren explore and discover their abilities and new things. When you are raising your own children you are so busy meeting their needs at times you forget to watch the joy that crosses their face in moments of discovery.

This summer I have gotten to spend more time than usual with the grands. It has been so fun just to watch them play and try new things. One moment in particular has been a treasure and I find myself thinking of it often.

Rowan, who was 10 months at the time, had been pulling up and walking around furniture holding on. Cruising is what we call it. But she was not satisfied with cruising. She wanted to try and stand up on her own from the middle of the floor. She had been practicing for weeks. She would sit in a catchers stance and bounce up and down, hoping to finally get to her feet. The magic happened, as it often does, when the rest of us were occupied in conversation, texting, or thinking about the things that need to be done. I had been watching her bounce up and down but had glanced away to take care of something else. I heard her squeal with delight. As I looked up, she was standing in the middle of the floor hands over head in victory. She had a look of pure joy on her face! She had accomplished her goal of standing without pulling up and she was delighted. Of course it was the time I didn’t have my camera, but the picture of her victory stance is etched in my mind. It was the beginning of many mobile adventures for her.

You can see in this picture that mom looked away and she climbed up the slide. If you look at her face, you can see the smile of accomplishment.

Little one may you always be willing to dare to try. May you scale the mountains in life with the determination and enthusiasm of childhood. May you find in every endeavor, pure joy!

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