I had taken these photos way back in February when we had some exceptionally warm and sunny days.
Warm enough in fact that it was comfortable being barefoot. Of course, we took advantage of the nice weather and spent some time at the park.
You know sometimes at the park when some big kid has thrown the swing chains way over the top so the little kids can't reach them? Well, Yip found some that weren't attached to swings but had been thrown up around the top, probably for good reason, but he insisted that he could untangle them.
The shoes had to come off to get a better grip on the slick pole. He spent a huge chunk of time on this endeavor. He must have tried climbing to the top a couple dozen times.
Yip had to take lots of breaks to gather his strength.
But eventually he made it and proudly untangled all the chains.
I think our next home should be in a forest or a jungle, then my little monkey would feel more at home don't you think?
Yeah, I know...."What if he fell and got hurt?" Well, then he would have fell and gotten hurt. But he didn't. Instead he learned that with perseverance he can accomplish any goal he sets his mind too. I'm never going to tell him he doesn't have the ability to do something. He learned that risk sometimes yields great rewards.
He has a little sister watching too and I'm all for her growing up learning to take risks too. What will they ever learn if I protect them from every little possible harm? They'll learn that they can't do anything by themselves and that's not the kind of kids I'm going to raise!