Today I am joining Kate Motaung and the other five minute friday writers where we write about the same word for five minutes and publish what we write. No edits, no revisions. If you would like to join the community, check out her blog:
Our word today is world.
I open the door and step quietly into the room. He is still asleep. If I look closely, I can see the little boy he once was. The spread of freckles across his nose. His long eyelashes resting on the tops of his cheeks. Today he will take another step into the world. He is going to Six Flags for the day with the youth at church. It is the first time he will ever be away from home without another family member. Today he will be independent. He will be responsible for hanging onto his bag, buying his food, and applying sunscreen. Big stuff.
Every step toward independence is another step away from me. I know I am reading WAY to much into this, but it is hard to watch your youngest child spread his wings. It is not unlike the butterfly who just left his chrysalis and is letting his wings dry. Every so often he beats the wings and flies to another branch and waits some more until he is finally ready to fly off into the world.
It is a small step, the step my boy is taking today. It isn’t a big step like entering kindergarten. (The daughter of some family friends did that this week. That is a big step!) Today is small, but significant. Today he is spreading his wings getting ready to fly into the world.