Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Miracle of Those First Steps.

Those first steps are pretty amazing, aren't they?

One minute, they're standing, wobbling precariously. The next they're putting that first tentative foot forward, frowning with the difficulty of it all. And then, suddenly?

They thrust their arms up in the air and smile crazily as they take off, racing forward toward toddlerhood.

Have you ever wondered what happens to give them that push? How they get brave enough to put their feet in motion and give up their horizontal status forever?

After all, it is a tremendous leap of faith.

 I like to think they have help. That they're not taking those first steps alone.

When they thrust those chubby arms up in the air?  I like to believe it's because a spirit is taking their hands.

Maybe our loved ones, the ones who have already passed, are gathered around our little fledglings, urging them on with ghostly coos and besotted smiles.

Maybe Tori's great grandmother laughed with her as she took her first two-legged jaunt across the family room floor.

Maybe her great grandfather cheered her on from the corner.

Maybe she has a whole host of guardian angels protecting her as she trots clumsily across the yard, tripping over her pretty white shoes.



  1. So precious. Maybe you're right. Maybe?! Either way it's a special moment!

  2. cute picture.. and yes, maybe!! every moment is so special. every step, laugh and even tear.

    thanks for stopping by and linking up!

  3. I love this thought. It's very comforting. Nicely said

  4. Awwwww! That's wonderful!! Both the picture and the thoughts!

  5. A very sweet image. I can think of my Dad up there, holding on to my toddler.

  6. Oh my gosh. That's so adorable. It almost makes me miss having such a little one in the house.

  7. Such a sweet post - it is a really miraculous milestone!

  8. I love to think that B's great grandfather is cheering her on from the corner. It breaks my heart she'll never know him.

    Beautiful post... Tori is on her way!

  9. You could have 20 children, and the first steps would never get old. Never.

    I have 3 , and was thrilled with each dang one. I adore it...I still remember clapping and smiling through tears.

  10. What a very sweet thought. I can't believe my little guy is going to be five. His infancy and toddlerhood seem so far away now.

  11. That is such a great way of looking at it! I will never forget my son's first steps. Such a proud moment!

  12. Wow love the way you looked at children taking their first steps...never thought about it like that. It is such a sweet moment :)

  13. My little one is 16 months and has only JUST started walking with confidence! He is very independant and wouldn't let any of us help him by holding hands etc. So in his own stubbon way he has got to where he is now!

    Photo is gorgeous!!

  14. What a precious moment...and your words that went along with this photo brought tears to my eyes. This was just lovely.


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