change

Friday Photo: Change

Posted on January 20, 2012 by

change

This is how my son sees himself:
Invincible.
Capable.
Brave.

He can hang from trees, climb rocks, take down an intruder
and
fly down a ski course.
He can run fast and think hard.
This is how I see my son:
Gentle.
Intelligent.
Fearless.
He can snuggle his dog, play the piano, help a stranger
and
make lemon pasta.
He can think fast and run hard.
He is still a little boy, yet almost a little man.
Change is hard.
Fascinating.
Frustrating.
Beautiful.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInPinterestGoogle PlusYelp

Comments: 32

  • Rebel Sweetheart

    January 22, 2012

    Oh my! Your son climbed that high?! Such a fearless young man he is. 🙂

    Reply
  • Alison

    January 21, 2012

    So cool! I remember those days, when nothing scared you away and you would try anything! Thanks for sharing such sweet thoughts.

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 23, 2012

      Hi Alison,
      You’re welcome. I love it when my kids remind me of my own childhood-especially the good parts!

      Reply
  • Mrs. No-No

    January 21, 2012

    Awesome! I feel like that when I sit back and watch my little girl doing things on her own!
    {{hugs}}

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 23, 2012

      Hi there,
      It’s all relative, isn’t it? Children are created to terrify their parents!

      Reply
  • Anne Mercado

    January 21, 2012

    What a great shot but I couldn’t help but gasp a bit since it seemed he was hanging pretty high from the ground (I’m terrified of heights). And uh, I don’t know how to make lemon pasta, can he teach me?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 23, 2012

      Hi Anne, gasping is part of my daily routine! And lemon pasta is pretty easy!

      Reply
  • Jennifer Wolfe

    January 21, 2012

    Deep breaths, deep breaths. I have a boy and a girl, and it certainly is a beautiful gift.

    Reply
  • TyKes Mom

    January 21, 2012

    That photo scares me because I can see my son doing the same thing! Little boys are so fearless and yet I view them as so fragile. My little guy is growing so quickly into a little man and it is such a bittersweet process. Having a son is a challenge and can certainly be nerve-racking! But it is such a joy day in and day out. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Great post!

    Reply
  • Susan Kane

    January 20, 2012

    Tender post. Is that really your son suspended up there?!! How did he get down!!?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Susan, it is my son. My uncle took the photo of him when I wasn’t looking 🙂

      Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Thank you, Alyssa! My uncle inspired me with his photo!

      Reply
  • Margs for Mommy

    January 20, 2012

    That’s a really beautiful post. And that picture is just awesome!!

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Thanks, Margs! I claim the writing and the kid…the photo is all my uncle’s.

      Reply
  • rhonda

    January 20, 2012

    That’s a high spot……

    Reply
  • Shootie Girl™

    January 20, 2012

    Boy do I feel your pain. I have a a daring child, but she’s a GIRL! Yikes!

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Hi Shootie Girl, thank you for commiserating…but I have a girl, too. Double trouble! See my post tomorrow…

      Reply
  • Mommy2¢

    January 20, 2012

    Holy Nuggets! That photo made my stomach drop! Sounds like you have one awesome little man there! 🙂

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Mommy, I love him to pieces. I hold him tight whenever I can get him down…

      Reply
  • Kathy

    January 20, 2012

    Jennifer that is one amazing photo, one amazing boy and one amazing mom!! Great piece! xo

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Thank you, Kathy. My uncle is an amazing photographer, and the kid and the mom…they’re pretty cool, too!

      Reply
  • Dee

    January 20, 2012

    Dear Jennifer,
    A lovely tribute to your son. There’s a short story or maybe even a novel springing from that photograph. A novel in which a mother speaks in her chapters and the son in his. You have two characters. Now of course you need plot and setting and suspense. How’s that for a winter project?

    Peace.

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Dee, you’re amazing. I love that idea! And of course, I DO need another project!

      Reply
    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 21, 2012

      Thanks, Pamela. My uncle is responsible for the photography…but I’m responsible for the boy!

      Reply
  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    CommentLuv badge