Breathe in Focus, Hold, Think.  Breathe out.  Smile and say “Ahhhhh” or thank you.

 365/6 PHOTO CHALLENGE —TOPIC OF THE WEEK–LAUNCH   To launch is defined as “to set in motion, to propel with force, hurl, to release or to send off.  Every child is released from the womb and sent off into the world.  But children get launched in so many  ways and their progress, their strength goes beyond beauty to awe-inspiring. So I will be doing a week on children launching into life.  Here is a poem  that today’s picture made me think of.

“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We’re afraid.”
“Come to the edge.”
“We can’t. We will fall!”
“Come to the edge.” 
 And they came.
 And he pushed them.
 And they flew. 
 Guillaume Apollinaire,  French Poet

ABOUT THIS PICTURE  Way back when, we  were lucky enough to take our kids for  a long week-end at Disney World or was it Disney Land? The one in Florida? Drove in a our small hatchback from New York, down the east coast.  Visited the Smokies, rafted  down the Nantahela River (Deliverance was filmed there) , did a lot of hiking,  other sight-seeing.    We drove mostly at night, letting the kids sleep in the back of the car.  Great trip.

Anyway, at Disney’s complex, we all loved one of the water areas almost more than the rides.   Spent almost a whole day there.  Here is one of my sons preparing to launch off what seemed to me to be a much to high jump for a seven-year old boy.  He didn’t think so at.   As I watched him, my heart was bursting.  Not for his safety, butwith pride.  He he had the courage to go where I not only feared to go, but probably where I would have held him back had I had my way.  Glad his father pushed my worries away.

STAYING STRONG TIP: Launching often means risking.  As with so much in life you need both your heart and head deciding what risks to take.  People generally are risk takers or risk-avoiders.  Best to be in the middle, don’t let either fear or carelessness rule.  In other words “Look before you leap has always been good advice and remains so.  Parents when fearful, need to ask?  Is my fear holding my child back?   Not helpful.  Asking children to do all they can strengthens them.  And flip side, but for another post, don’t ask a child to do what he obviously cannot do.

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IMAGE BY: By me.

Don’t let me be a tiresome Cranky Old Lady, and just focus on my kids and grands.  Follow Chris’ example.  E-mail me some pictures of a child launching into something send it to me as  jig peg attachment at [email protected]

It has to be your picture and to let me know how to identify you.  For reasons of privacy and safety, I will not name the children.

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