Usually when we come to the end of a long run, K and I let Little A get out of the stroller and run the rest of the way home with us. She loves to run, and I love watching her run. A few months ago we were coming to the end of a run on a gorgeous afternoon. Little A climbed out of her stroller and started running, while flying her homemade paper hummingbird.
As I watched her run with her hummingbird, I thought about how innocent she looked in that moment. How a paper hummingbird could bring her so much joy. How carefree she was and how the weight of the world is still so far away from her. How the things that turn each day into a daily grind for us as adults, don’t affect her just yet. How, at 3 years old, she has no troubles and doesn’t see how messed up this world can be. In watching her, I thought back to my own childhood and how I used to love walking through our back yard on windy days singing “Part of Your World” (I loved The Little Mermaid). How in that moment, I was just free and had no cares in the world.
I look at my daughter’s future and as much as I am excited for her to grow up, become a young woman, go off to college, get married and have a family (if she so chooses), I fear for her. I worry about what society will be like 15 years from now, when she turns 18. I worry about all the pressure she’ll be under once she hits adulthood. I worry about her losing that glimmer in her eyes and her tender heart. I worry about society stealing her innocence.
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As parents, all we can do is protect and guide our children and hope they make the right decisions. We teach by example and give them the tools to succeed in this world, but it is up to them to choose to utilize those tools.
My hope, is that my sweet girl will keep her innocence as long as she can. That she will be sweet and innocent and loving, and her heart will stay tender for many years to come. Because the world could use more people with tender, kind and loving hearts. The world could use more love.