Friday Photo: Balancing Act

He stands on the edge
open wide
to embrace the world
He balances between
to let go
He straddles the vastness
the majestic Sierra
and the confines
of the salty shore
to move forward
โ€œI am strongโ€
to the Paiutes who came before
they believed him

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.

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24 thoughts on “Friday Photo: Balancing Act

    1. Thank you. That means a lot.

  1. Dee says:

    Dear Jennifer,
    This posting seemed so perceptive and observant to me. Within one child, past, present, future entwined. I praise his strength and his self-confidence.


    1. Dee, your comment is so appreciated. I am very proud of him – can you tell?

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I train new fifth-sixth grade Sunday School volunteers at our church. The one thing I tell them repeatedly is that middle schoolers have one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood. They spend all their energy trying to balance between the two, wanting to let go and yet wanting to hold on.

    This poem captures the balance beautifully — and hopefully!
    LOVE IT.

    1. Karen, this is such a tremendous age. I have spent my career with students from ages 12-15, and have loved watching my own kids move through it as well. That may sound weird to some – tweenage is not always the most pleasant – but to me it is simply fascinating. Thank you.

  3. Susan Kane says:

    What a lovely tribute to your son. So very true–balancing between the two worlds.

    1. Yes, Susan, I really do see it as a time when they are torn between two worlds. It is a magical thing to watch.

  4. …””And they believed him.””

    I Like It! xx

    1. Thanks, Kim! It’s always great hearing from you.

  5. So profound and heartfelt. Your young man is doing a great balancing act. It’s sometimes tough to teeter between adulthood and boyhood. He owes his courage and confidence to you, of course.

    1. Thanks, Pepper. He is doing a great job…I’m not sure how much credit is due to me-he’s one strong little guy.

  6. Very awesome poem. I love inspirational quotes and poems. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Barbara, you’re so kind. I love inspiration, too!

  7. Alison says:

    Love that you write poems. I have long thought about doing it again and wondered if I would be good at it…..It’s so creative and an amazing medium to convey ideas and feelings. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Alison,
      I definitely write more prose than poetry, but sometimes a poem just seems like the right medium for what I want to say. I like the freedom it gives me. You should try!

  8. Love the poem, and the photo, too!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your feedback!

  9. Sarah says:

    That is sweet you wrote a poem about your son. ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you show it to him? Love the picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Yes, I did show it to him! He thought it was cool.

  10. Oh I love this: “He stands on the edge of childhood.” That is a powerful picture of those tumultuous tweenage years.

  11. Jen says:

    I have a ten year old and I know this is soon in our future, but oh the flutters in my heart. Your poem is a beautiful way to express this transition.

  12. I love this picture, it’s just beautiful! And your poem is wonderful! I love to visit you and your wonderful writing!! Much love!

  13. I Love Discovering Blogs And Seeing What They Loook Like . Cool Picture Of Your Son ! Anna

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