We worry over milestones constantly. And our adult minds are so quick to meet trouble halfway when all we really need to do is to wait and hope*. Even when we aren't sure, it is our duty to encourage the impossible.
A few months ago, my son informed me that his front tooth was loose. Ever the skeptic, I said, "Are you sure?" And as I pressed gently on this tooth, I was shocked to discover it WAS loose. Why was I so shocked? Well, he wasn't even 6 yet, and, how could he possibly be loosing teeth when it feels like he just got them? Didn't I just pour my love over him through sleepless nights of teething pain? And now, it's on to the next stage already.
As we raise our children, we soon discover there is a fluidity to life that we cannot stop. Each moment seamlessly carries us into the next, and before we know it, that moment is gone and a new one is before us.
When I think of the unconditional love that children have for their parents, it almost hurts me. I feel it is such an honour to possess that love, and that we also need to be very careful with these little vulnerable beings who are so forgiving.