The older brother helped the little sister take off the hardware. She was ready.... Again, this mommy wasn't. I am not entirely sure the daddy was ready either.
She was still so wobbly, she rides looking at her feet and let's face it, out of all of us she tends to be more clumsy (says the mommy who broke her ankle on a kiddie slide).
Typing that last sentence I flash-forward to the day I will recall this moment. My clumsy, unsure, uneasy daughter will stand before us grown up and graceful, long gone the little girl missing her front teeth. My heart mourns now before it's time.
She wandered out of the house, with her bike. She didn't ask for help, she always asks for help. She put on her helmet, the "right way" she said and handed me the buckles under her chin to fasten it.
"Come-on mom..." But I don't want to. My little girl... Home from the hospital first. Crawled first, who has been a spunky little fighter since day one.
The video rolling... Pink helmet, strawberry shortcake bike... A little wobbly... Some quick peddles and she was off. Her daddy strolling behind and brother riding along side... Both boys giving pep-talks, pointers and tips. Her only fall was slowly into the bushes and never again.,
I hear her daddy next, "you did really good tonight, I am so proud of you."
The praises don't seem to phase her. Shower, PJ's and a some old-fashioned Mario on the Wii.
I look at my baby, the second one sprung from my womb, and smile. She is amazing... Absolutely amazing. She is the daughter I prayed for before I knew her.
She is love and kindness, she is quiet determination and she rolls along her path knowing when she is ready. When we wanted to hold her back, foreseeing disaster and a crash, witnessing (incorrectly) a fall and road-rash - none of which happened...
Instead we see this little girl, smile on her face. I told you so, my soul whispers... She certainly told us so.
I praise you for your awesomeness, for your gentle guidance that leads us along. I thank you for this beautiful life, with moments of doubt and concerned turned breathlessly into a peaceful soul. You've got all of us in your hands. You guide us along our paths and tell us when we are ready. You give us moments to look to and learn from every day. I thank you for my daughter who sees beyond our doubt and says, "I can do this". Faith like a child. Help me to remember this moment and encourage correctly, rather than discourage out of fear. All of these things I ask in your Son's holy name. Amen