Turning Over

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My son is crying.

He is lying on his side, his back arched like a bow. He is trying like a madman to turn onto his stomach. I am lying on the bed, only inches away from him. And. I. Am. Doing. Nothing.

It would be really easy for me to take his hand and pull him the rest of the way over. It would be a simple matter for me to pivot his hip and let gravity do the rest. Ninety-eight percent of me wants to do exactly that. The other two percent tells me that doing it would rob him of his first real achievement. And so I do nothing but bear witness to my child trying and crying.

Trying and crying.

Trying and crying.

Trying.

And crying.

And when the ninety-eight percent has almost built enough courage to revolt and take action, I scoop my son up in my arms, cradling him to silence his tears.

“It’s all right,” I tell him. “We’ll try again tomorrow.”

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  1. Avatar Drake West

    Palpable realism here for most Dads. The struggle to do for your child in the moment or teach them to do for themselves. Great example. Although I would put the percentage more like 51/49…

  2. Avatar ...Still BARomero

    But I really, really, really want to do it.

  3. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    OH MY!! I could picture this scenario so clearly. It’s IS so hard to let them figure out things on their own when we could so easily help them or do it for them. And News Flash: it doesn’t get any easier as they get older.

  4. Avatar Reaver19

    Heh, this post hit home on so many levels. Having 2 kids of my own I can relate fondly. My youngest is 20 months and he is a living embodiment of a natural disaster! Destroys everything in his path, just wait till those days. Your entries may alter slightly haha,

  5. Avatar Escapist

    I love this. The pacing of the piece truly captures that horribly sad courage that wells up slowly in these situations. Well done!

  6. Avatar Escapist

    I love this. The pacing of the piece truly captures that horribly sad courage that wells up slowly in these situations. Well done!

  7. Avatar inky blue

    Beautiful entry! A point of view I’ve never thought of before

  8. Avatar Riley

    beautiful! c:

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