A Lesson in Courage

My Lucia Paloma became a Kindergartner, in what truly feels like a blink of the eye.  Our little family is adjusting to this change, and it seems to be smooth sailing thus far.  I miss her, but I smile as I think of her at her very own desk – navigating what feels so big to us – all on her own. 

Yesterday morning she fell while running to the school yard to line up for entry.  Her palms were cut and tiny tears in her leggings exposed freshly scabbed knees. She was in tears as I lead her through the chaos and mayhem that is woven through mornings of an entire elementary school gathering.  I squeezed her up to the front of the line and watched her new teacher hold her hand.  My heart was torn – as I had to leave her.

As the lump in my throat continued to build, she looked at me and bit her lip to stop her tears. She put on the most brave face.  “I’ll be OK mama” – and off she went. 

I haven’t stopped thinking about that little face and the example that she has set for me.  She’s inspired me  to soon share in this space a burden that has become too heavy for me to bear alone.  One that pales in comparison to the plight of many, but one that is profoundly affecting my family.  

She has reminded me to get back up again after being knocked down.  She has inspired me to be brave.



  1. That brought a tear to my eye, I love the way that our kids can be such amazing examples of the people we want to be. Thanks for sharing, I look forward to reading more.

  2. That wonderful attitude of hers will serve her well throughout life!

  3. Why is it that when our kids are courageous it makes us want to sob?? (At least I sob, anyway!) What a precious memory. I loved the story!! ~ Susan http://www.solesearchingmamma.com

  4. Oh my goodness – my eyes welled up reading this. It's it amazing when ours kids take care of us??

  5. I haven't been able to stop by and visit you here for a while Monica. I've been so busy and a little under the weather. I just logged onto Blogger and seen this post and thought I'd swing in and say Hi.

    After reading it, I remember why you are one of my favorite bloggers. You have a wonderful way with your words that makes me feel like I'm going through things with you. Now I have to get caught up on all your posts. xoxo

    • Hi Bonnie – I hope that you are feeling better and thank you so so much for your kind words. They mean more than you know. I'm off to visit you now! xx – Monica

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