Let Them Run


I know they will fall. I know they will lose control. I know they are compelled to test every limit put on them.

Gravity. Inertia. Parent’s instructions. Common sense. All must be tested.


As a mother, I decided to stop flapping my arms and screaming, “WHY AREN’T YOU LISTENING TO ME?”

The answers all say the same thing, “Because I can’t help myself yet. I have to do this.”

So I watch.

I watch them run until they fall.

I watch them bypass instructions and mess up their plans until I step in and put the pieces back together.

I’m no different than those boys.

I bet you aren’t either.

Why do we let inertia take over until we collapse under the weight of it all?

Because sometimes we just can’t help ourselves.

I know sometimes I can’t.

And that’s OK.

It’s part of the journey.

It’s part of growth.

Here’s to all the people who patiently watch others run and stumble and love them enough to help them put the pieces back together.

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