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Top : Parents Corner : Let Me Tell You : The First Hike

The First Hike

~ Marilyn Haugen

Me, a worrier? NO! First, I stood in the house--eyes peeled to the window, eyeballs bulging to "see" those little blond heads as long as I could.

Then, I walked outside, pretending to show the baby God's wonderful creation, while I was actually straining my ears to 'hear' their voices in the wind.

Were they okay? How far were they now? Is there any traffic on the road? Are they walking on the right side? Will they fall-are they scared? My brain is pumping out as many questions as my six year old asks! And the adrenaline is flowing through these 33 year old bones - panic, frantic is setting in!

You'd think I'd use these quiet 'moments' to do one of the 101 things I always say I'll do when the girls aren't here. But it's so hard to let go - to think they are old enough to do a big task, responsible enough to bake a cake or clean a room as good as me, and careful enough for a mile and a half walk to the neighbors.

Help me Lord - to not always hold that child's hand, but to let go of that hand at certain times - and may I remember that the hand isn't empty - but embraced by yours

Submitted on : 5-Apr-2005

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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