Tasty stars and stripes, a lesson in determination

There are some things worth fighting for, worth all the might his 8-month-old, chubby little fingers can muster. There are some things so interesting, colorful, just beyond reach that only one’s persistent drive can wield the strength, the determination to not give up.

There was this flag on papa’s shoulder. Not just any ordinary flag, a flag with stars, stripes, red, blue, and white, braided seamlessly, seemingly stitched tight on his sleeve. But my 8-month-old was curious. With his dad’s slouchy winter hat that seemed to swallow his head, that baby’s eyes were fixed on that flag, colors, the texture, the awkward positioning on the sleeve. Oh yes it was stuck, securely pasted to the fabric.

At some point of the moment, there was a high-pitched squealing cry of frustration, but that baby knew there was a way he could get to that flag. That neither Velcro, nor length of reach could detour him. He stretched, and pulled, and reached again. He shifted in his dad’s arms, grunted, fussed and pulled until right then, right within his developing grasp (and a slight rounding of his dad’s shoulders), sweet, sweet success.

My son’s lesson to me: even if it seems difficult or out of reach, try anyway. Happy Friday!

“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.”—Maria Montessori

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Categories: Education, Inspiration, Parenting, Play

4 Comments on “Tasty stars and stripes, a lesson in determination”

  1. March 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    How beautiful! Both your family and the lesson. I am always reminded how much we can learn, maybe relearn, from children. I have decided to follow you. I like your ability to find poignancy in every day occurrences.

    • March 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks so much for the follow and the kind words about my family and writing. I look forward to more dialogue and of course more writing and sharing. Take care.

  2. March 1, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Such a precious family. He was very determined. You can see that determination in his eyes. This is cute. Complete satisfaction in that last picture :)

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Thank you! I know…I love how determined he was to get that flag! His little personality is shining through. And yes, that last picture tells it all. Have a great Friday.

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