Tuesday, July 17, 2012

sometimes i need a reminder

My children are so much alike in so many ways but in some ways, they couldn't be further apart. As we headed off the park the other day, I was reminded again my children are their own person. I know they will each have their own likes and dislikes growing up but often times I need to remind myself not to compare them.

As we hit up the park, both kids had a huge smile on their face. Little Miss L. couldn't stop talking about how excited she was to play in the water. We were there for mere minutes when her attitude quickly changed. As much as the water tempted her, she stood watching as all the other children frolicked through the water in front of her. She watched them zip by as they climbed up the rocks to go zooming down the water-slide. You could see how desperately she wanted to join them. After several attempts of walking Little Miss L. up to the slide, standing in line with her, and even once had her sitting on her bottom ready to go, she decided no way was she going to attempt the slide. She figured there was no issue just walking back down the hill and watching as all the other children came flying out the other end. We were there a good hour and all she wanted to do was stick her foot into the squirts of water happening all around her.

On the other hand, there was baby D. He had a huge smile on his face the minute he noticed the water before him. He quickly had no problem jumping into the shooting water, grabbing it with his little hands. He didn't care the water was cold, he didn't care if it was smashing him in the face... instead he continued to crawl in and out of the bursts of water. At one point, he was even able to get his sister to jump up and down into the water for a short period of time.

A simple trip to the park reminds me that my children will approach things in life differently. Whether one does it one way and other does it the opposite way, I will be there to love them both with all my heart.
She climbed these rocks steps a hundred times.
And a hundred times she came back down them.
Carefully planning out her plan of action.
Watching all the action around her.

Baby D takes on the water.
and he's off...
The good ol' one foot touch.
Look, baby D, I am jumping just for you!
Little Miss L. had no issue tackling the playground though.

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