Friday, September 17, 2010
It reminded me of when we were in China and how Lucy always did so great while Brian and I worried. (I know... welcome to parenthood.) For 2 hours she was in a playroom with other children her age and 2 adults from the church. Because I was having unexpected meltdowns, several mom's in my group would check on her throughout the 2 hours; she was doing great, playing and enjoying herself! I found out from the adults who watched her that she only cried a few times and it only lasted a minute or two. If only I had done as well. My reaction to leaving her for the first time really took me by surprise. I had no idea I would get so emotional. The other mom's assured me that it was "normal" and they had gone through the same thing. Brian cracked me up that night when he said, "and we were worried about Lucy?"
So what lessons are to be taken from this? One, never underestimate the resiliency of your child. Two, always overestimate the emotional reactions you may have to your child, so as to be adequately prepared. Three, and most importantly...don't forget to put your trust in God. This was a true milestone that had His handiwork written all over it.