“Jennifer! I can’t believe you’re letting him do that! Isaiah, get down right now!”
“Mom, it’s no big deal, he does it all the time. He’s 7-years-old and he hasn’t fallen yet.”
“That’s ridiculous, that doesn’t mean he won’t fall.”
“At this point, if he falls, he’ll learn – and he won’t do it again.”
When I was 3 I did just that. I used the edge of our sofa like a balance beam, fell and cracked my head on the corner of the ultra modern – late 60’s – stainless steel and glass coffee table my parents had adorned their shag rug with.
I remember my parents wouldn’t let me sleep. I laid on the sofa all night with a mommy or a poppy always right there waking me up if I started to nod.
As a parent, I can assume that my mother was feeling a heightened sense of anxiety when I fell, and subsequently when we returned from the doctor/hospital? (Frankly I can’t remember) Looking back I had no sense of that.
I witness my mother’s anxiety now in the way she interacts with my son. She is so sure he will break his neck if I let him climb.
Had you asked me 5 years ago, I would have put money on him having a broken limb by 5. But I didn’t want him to grow up with my fear as the reason he didn’t do something. Being fearless and being stupid are not the same thing. My son is fearless when it comes to using his body. He is confident that his body will respond the way he commands it to.
The grace with which he uses his body makes the fluid motions of moving from the edge of one sofa – to another, seem effortless. Then, as one leg stays planted on the arm of the chair, he raises the other like a gymnast – poised – smoothly lowering it to the coffee table for a dismount, so he may start the dance all over again.
This has been a post for the Trifecta writing challenge. This week our one word prompt is:
Grace (noun) – third definition:
a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>
c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
The idea of Trifecta is:
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Only one entry per writer.
- Trifecta is open to all
And because a Scorpion can’t change its spots. This was the first thing to come into my head when I read the prompt. I knew it would be contrived to try and write a post about Grace Kelly, but it doesn’t stop me from sharing this song.