Last night, we did a picnic dinner at Peaks View Park. People were everywhere, like ants pouring out of the anthill, because of the great weather. After dinner, the boys ignored the state of the art playground equipment and decided to climb the pine trees. Nature's own play ground or just channeling their inner squirrel?
My son, Cole, is fearless, and I am not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing. Certain fears are healthy and keep us safe, while others tend to keep us too safe. For instance, while standing on top of the 15 foot climbing wall (which is only about 3 inches wide), please hold on with your hands...I would consider this a good fear. Being afraid to try something new, speak your mind or believe in yourself, bad fear.
How do you teach a 4 year old the difference?
My hide and seeker partner from yesterday's post, Logan, had a birthday party to go to this afternoon. A couple hours before the party he said he no longer wanted to go. He was not sure he would know anyone there. Ultimately he decided to go. I think it had more to do with the 25 foot inflatable monster truck than anything I said, but he had a great time. We had to drag him kicking and screaming from all of his friends.
Growing up, we were always told not to talk to strangers. While this protects us, it also creates a fear of anyone that is new or different. Back at the BK play place, rule #5 - If you see anything strange tell the manager immediately. Doom on the 35 year old man stuck in the tubes playing hide and seek.
Where do we find the balance between good fear and bad? How do we live in that tension?
When our neighbors are presented or present themselves like this guy, but we are called to love. What does that say those that have been raised that abortion is bad, who stand outside the clinics raining verbal stones on backs already broken by circumstance? Fear. If we don't drive "it" out, it will corrupt the rest. "It" being that which is different. We create concentration camps for that which we fear, yet find ourselves trapped inside.
It was a beautiful day for a picnic, people everywhere...