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May I Hug You” is slowly leaving infancy.

It’s heading for the Terrible Twos. And –

The Dreaded Toddler Stage.

Comprised of –

  • The standup stage, holding on to something.

  • The few wobbly steps stage, before sitting down again.

  • The now and again planting a facer stage.

  • The try again and again stage.

  • The handling obstructions the best way possible stage.

I remember watching my toddler trying to stand up the first time.

Bent over and leaning forward like a little old lady.

Arms out sideways like a dancer for balance.

Knees bent like a runner waiting to sprint.

And determinedly took those first steps.

The next time she tried she had her bottle with her.

Her bottle was impeding progress.

Without missing a beat, she put it into her mouth, clenched down hard on the nipple.

Much like an old timer holding his pipe with his teeth.

And went back to all fours as she scrambled over the door’s edge.

I don’t think a mother ever forgets watching a child take those first steps.

But now, in my dotage, May I Hug You is my baby turned infant and toddler in the making.

And I watch it grow.

There are days that I think May I Hug You will always remain a toddler.

  • Too scared to stand up and walk.

  • Too many obstacles. (I prefer to call them obstacles and not excuses.)

  • No vision of the future.

Exodus 4:11-12 (NIV)

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Cyber hugs and Blessings All.

If you feel you are led and have something to say, be brave and do it!


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