I understand that a certain amount of hurt is necessary for the growth of every person, but how do you protect them from those things that will truly harm them?
I hope to have my children walk to school if possible. How can you send your children off to school and know they'll return safely in the afternoon? I want them to spend most of their playtime outside, exploring, learning, wandering, and whatever else children might do, but how do you know they will be protected? What if they get too lost? What if someone picks them up?
I want them to slip and fall into a patch of cactus. I want them to feel fear as they slide through a slimy underground tunnel. I want them to fall and skin their knees and scratch their hands. I want them to climb too high into that ant-infested tree and feel the wind swaying them back and forth.
I want these things for them because they will grow so much stronger. And I want them to come to me for the help they can't give themselves.
I want all these things for them, good and bad, because I will love them so very much.
But how do I trust them? Where do I draw the line? Do I just have a well-trained dog to protect them while they explore?
I am going to be such a paranoid mother. Maybe I just shouldn't listen to songs like these when I'm already feeling thoughtful.
|Old picture of my nephew that I took. I've always loved this one.|