The last two days, our feet have taken us to a very hilly place. We walked up and down and around, and around discovering the thrilling rides of Magic Mountain. As we trudged after our excited kids running to the next destination, I thought of you. It won’t be long before you’ll be pulling your mom and dad’s hand shouting “Come on, let’s go here!” unable to contain your excitement over what’s waiting around the bend. You’ll be hopping on the latest roller coaster and after yelling “That was awesome, let’s do it again.”
Walking is just the beginning… you’ll find your life will be a series of “first steps.” I thought of that while begging Samantha, she’s 7, to ride the baby train roller-coaster that won’t allow adults because it’s so small. Unlike her brother, who wanted to ride the largest of coasters at 4 years-old, she is quite timid and doesn’t like surprises. She needs to see the track ahead and watch things for awhile. That got me thinking about you. Perhaps that’s what you’re doing? You are watching the road awhile so you know what to expect.
As Samantha soon discovered, all it took was a little courage. She loved the baby coaster so much, we were able to talk her into the kid coaster that the entire family could ride. After the 2nd ride, she was more comfortable and quickly LOVED! Eventually, we were able to coax her onto the bigger kid coaster. She wasn’t comfortable until about 6 rides, memorizing the twists and turns of the track, and now she is so proud of herself she can’t wait to share with her friends. It is amazing to see what courage can do for self-esteem and it happened in a series, starting out small, and on her terms. I’m thinking your courage will build with each step you take.
Your mom reported you took some steps with the walking ball! It won’t be long now when you, too, will exhaust yourself running from one knoll to the next, anticipating great adventure just on the other side…one step at Mir-a-bel time.
Until then, we’re wiggling our toes for you!