The Moments that Teach Me the Most

My sweet boy had a tough time on our walk the other day.

The beginning was great. The middle had its ups and downs. But we finished strong.

Which is usually how it goes for him. Good with moments of intensity mixed in. Highs and lows and middles.

And then this moment.

A boy of the same age helping him along. Helping him home. Smiling at Barney on his iPad.

Never leaving his side. Taking him home.

They are both ten.

One speaks with ease.

One communicates in his own way.

One runs from house to house playing.

One is more of a home body.

One has dozens of friends.

One is more of an introvert.

There is a lot more to it too.

Lots of layers.

Ones that a mom like me thinks about sometimes. As I follow behind them.

And for a second, a moment even, I let the differences wash over me. Filling me up. Because they are there. There is no denying it.

And then, as they guide each along, I take in the beauty of two boys enjoying each other.

Teaching each other.

The paths they walk are entirely different.

Their futures are as well.

No one can deny that.

But they walk together.

And when Cooper comes outside, the kids in the neighborhood yell his name. They seek him out. The never leave him behind.

I am thankful for the people we have met along the way.

And the middles. The moments that are happy and sad and bring tears to my eyes as a mama. The ones where I don’t know if the tears are joyful or sad.

Because these moments teach me the most.

They teach me to be thankful.

I heard him say, ‘Let’s go home Cooper. I’ll walk with you.’

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