On Monday you fell off the bed and sprained your arm. Your left arm. That’s tough stuff for an active, independent, left-handed toddler. Once again though, you taught me a lesson in adaptability, patience, and good ol’ fashion relaxing.
I am not exactly stellar at any of the above. Life has a way of forcing you to learn what you need to learn, though, and who am I to ignore these lessons? Oh, not to mention that if you try to fight it, it’s just going to come back and bite you in the butt. So, Rowan, when things get hard, it just means God has something to teach you. Don’t fight it, it’ll just make things harder.
Since you hurt your arm, all you really want to do is watch Air Bud. It’s a cheesy movie about a golden retriever that plays basketball. You love it. No, you are OBSESSED with it. The first couple times we watched it, I just enjoyed cuddling with you. We snuggled, you asked me to marry you, complete with slipping a plastic purple ring onto my pinkie. You then asked me, “Marry me means?” I told you it meant we’d love each other for forever. You laughed and said it would only be two more hours. I guess the sanctity of marriage really is on the rocks…
Anyway, after about the fourth viewing of Air Bud, I couldn’t take it any more, and started to fidget. I was paying bills, piling books, anything I could do while sitting in a chair with you on my lap. You were not impressed and told me to stop touching your arm. It hurt. So I stopped, wrapped my arms gently around you, and we watched the movie together. This time you had my full attention, and I know you can’t express it, but I could tell by how you put your head on my shoulder that you appreciated it. Sometimes I wonder who is the adult in this relationship.
This morning you were feeling SO much better. You even dismantled a train flashlight, one-handed. You figured out how to control your world with one hand really quickly. Faster than I could have adjusted. You’re so adaptable, you make me want to be more like you. When your world suddenly changed on you, you easily went with the flow, and didn’t even stumble.
My favorite though, was when you sat yourself in your red chair, in the center of the play room, and did a one handed version of “The Itsy-bitsy Spider”. Priceless.
I’m glad you’re feeling better Rowan.