Our community offers access to wonderful activities for homeschool students. Never fear, my daughter will not be socially inept although, she does act like a six year old and from what I can tell, being six means being fabulous, confusing, unresponsive, obnoxious and hilarious all in the span of thirty minutes.
Anyway...Isabella has asked us three hundred times since last winter to take her ice-skating, so when I saw that Kent State University was planning a two hour ice-skating session for homeschoolers, I jumped on the opportunity. Walter was also able to come and even got out there on the ice with Isabella after the formal teaching portion was over.
The very first thing they taught the group of eager students, was how to fall, and how to get back up. This proved a very good lesson since most students spent the first half hour falling and getting back up. The parents watched and let out quiet, "oh, that must have hurt"..."ouch"..."there they go again"..."they'll get it". And they did get it (most of them). I stood behind the Plexiglas window and remembered the months when Isabella was learning how to walk. I used to watch her in awe. Really, any toddler is the perfect example of the human spirit. They fall, and they get back up. Quitting isn't an option. We've all done it, and we all took on the challenge of walking, fearlessly, but when was the spirit of "try and try again" crushed to the point that maybe we gave up trying?
Parenting gives me a daily opportunity to get up and try again. At times I lie in bed at night and wonder how our day could have gone so terribly wrong, but quitting is not an option. So I begin the next day with a new resolve and God-given grace and clarity.
Isabella is so much braver than I feel I have ever been. She jumps on every opportunity to try something new, and love I this about her. My children offer the daily reminder that I must not give up on my passions, I must not give up on my faith and demonstrating my faith to my children, I must forgive myself, and if I fall, I must get up again.