I learned to walk as a baby, and I haven’t had a lesson since ~ Marilyn Monroe
Is baby A walking? asks my father who has been out of town and hasn’t seen her in a couple of weeks.
My mind smiles.
Yes she is walking, fingers flying, toes barely touching ground, lots of falling, but she is up, up, and away.
And like Midas who with everything he touches turns to gold, everything baby A touches turns to mess.
Tissue boxes are left empty in seconds, crackly baby wipe packages with wipes pulled out everywhere, and cupboards opened. Blog posts take longer to write and have oh-so-many interruptions.
It seems like just yesterday when it was Z’s turn to walk!
And I wonder was Z like this? Babies who have metamorphed into toddlers are so much Work, work with a capital W. But with the walking of milestones come good things, like baby A’s physical therapist at CHOA (Children’s Health Care of Atlanta) who today cooed excitedly, “I think you’re ready to graduate!” The feeling of knowing therapy is over and done with, that baby A has made progress is a wonderful feeling, is a big Blessing with a capital B.
I am happy to be done after an almost year long’s worth of therapy visits , but I realized other children may face a reality of therapy for days, months, years, or even a lifetime. It is hard on children, but so much on the parents. As we were exiting CHOA, I saw a tiny little boy with a mop of curly red hair, round glasses, and a red walker with tennis balls attached. He was in his own little childhood world of and was pushing his walker determinedly. I stopped to admire him, and then his mother did as well. At CHOA, parents can experience so many emotions, especially if their child is not progressing. Hoping that all those children heal ASAP.
Grateful for below:
Grateful for warm weather again, Atlanta weather in which we can simply open the door and step outside sans jackets.
Z is metamorphing into a real big person!Baby A delightedly pulling on her great-grandmother’s tasbih (prayer beads). Grateful for great-grandmothers!
“God has created every [living] creature from water. And of them are those that move on their bellies, and of them are those that walk on two legs, and of them are those that walk on four. God creates what He wills. Indeed, God is over all things competent.” – Quran 24:45