Today is November 3rd another day in my adventure in babysitting. Kate loves to roll over from her back to her front. Most of the time before today she would just lie there and try to get her head off the ground. That's not easy when your head is disproportionally large compared to the rest of your body. Today I think she crossed a line. She is trying to crawl. She struggles to lift her head (all the while sounding off...half groan, half grunt). Then she instinctively moves her legs in a crawling motion. She doesn't make much progress but she is TRYING hard.
Why is life sometimes such a struggle? Almost anything we want to learn or accomplish takes time and often pain and work. I'm still trying to accomplish some things in life that I began to work on years ago. Still trying...but it's easy to give up. I think that God wants us to struggle, even if we never quite get to where we want to go. The struggle itself is a sign of growth. As natural as it is for a baby to try to crawl, all humans are conditioned to growth. It makes life sometimes challenging and frustrating but also filled with adventure and excitement. Poor Kate, she's at a very frustrating part. She sees the toys she wants to get. They are only inches away, but she can't quite get them. The beautiful thing is, she keeps trying. If only her tummy wasn't dragging so much. She'll get there.
A lesson for all of us. I love your moxie kid.
Poppi's Adventures in Babysitting
Jim Kemna (Poppi) was the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri until he retired at the end of June 2016. Now Jim is becoming an active grandparent. He is babysitting for his one month old granddaughter Katie. Before retirement Jim was responsible for assisting his bishop in promoting the vision of catechesis throughout the diocese. See Meet the Project Team for more information about this author.