Learning to Fly

Pink Floyd Sings:

There’s no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, A state of bliss
Can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies

We took Nathaniel and Ashleigh to the local Tae Kwon Do arena yesterday. Often when we take the kids somewhere to do something like this I feel the need to still mother them. Yesterday I sat back and let my baby birds test themselves out of the nest. Kevin and I got the joy of watching them soar. As they entered the arena they easily found themselves joining the group by playing a game of tag. As the lesson progressed I saw them obeying the rules of respecting their instructor, trying hard to succeed at doing basic kicks and punches, and I had the joy of watching them give 100% of themselves to something new. Nathaniel tends to get down on himself when he doesn’t do something perfectly but there was none of that as he tried things he has never done before he just kept trying to do it better, do it smoother, and do it right. Ashleigh gave her effort with wild abandon as she just enjoyed the movement and the freedom to give herself to the physical effort. She needs to learn to do a good jumping jack though…she was just jumping in one spot flapping her arms but wasn’t aware that she was wrong…just that she was keeping up with the bigger kids. Their joy became our joy.

One of the hardest things that comes with being a  parent is knowing when to stop saying no. This is one of those times. I say no a lot. No, we can’t go to Build a Bear every month. No, we can’t order pizza/chicken/pick up food tonight because it isn’t in the budget. They don’t understand that there are things you have to give up when you go with one income over two and I don’t relish those conversation when you have to say no because what child has an idea of how money works really. So in the end we will find the money and give them this opportunity to soar because in one single hour I saw how they could fly. I saw in them the potential to fly in a good strong direction, with confidence in their skills. You really can’t put a price on that and I don’t want to.

After all as parents isn’t that what we really supposed to do. Help our kids find their way to soar and grow and eventually find their way with confidence.


About Shirley Robert

Wife, Mom, Politician, Project Manager, Arthritic, Blue Bomber Season Ticket holder, Mary Kay Rep, and Advocate. I'm a whole lot of different and proud of it! View all posts by Shirley Robert

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