Patience. It is not a virtue I embody, to be sure. In fact, I tend to be the very opposite of patient pretty much always. Yet, life came along and gave me one of the very best lessons in patience I ever could have asked for. My daughter, the Squish.
Before Squish came along, I tended to rush through everything. I wanted to get where I was going and be there. I was unable to slow down and enjoy the ride as much as I should have been doing. I wanted to know the outcome before I ever took the first steps. In fact, if I could get to the end without going through the middle, I would.
Then came Squish. She is a unique soul that tends to take her time in whatever she is doing. While some days I would like to speed her up and get her moving, I have learned to step back and watch as she takes in the world. Recently she started Pre-K and we live close to her school, so we walk every morning. I have learned to leave the house a little early each day so that she can stop and look at all of the amazing stuff that draws her attention each morning.
This morning, we stopped to marvel at a slug, which she had to touch to show me how it sucks its antennae into its head. We also got to see and amazing spider web built from the branches of a tree all the way to the ground, some lawn gnomes, a caterpillar, and all sorts of other things. She reminds me that there is more to life than the destination. She has taught me to slow down and enjoy the journey. Instead of rushing her through her life, I have learned to take a deep breath and do my very best to learn patience.
In Izzy's case, she knows that there are people around her who have seen the future. Isadora, for instance, knows all that is coming her way. (And since I write what I know.... Izzy is super impatient). Izzy wants to know what Isadora does. She wants to see what is coming her way, but Isadora, much like my Squish, is trying to teach Izzy a very important lesson. Some things take time....
“I am not at the luxury of doing what is best for the moment my dear, and neither are you. We are the keepers of the future. With that comes the gravest of responsibilities. No matter how much we may want to change things to stop the hurt of the present we can’t. We must suffer the pain of those around us to ensure that the intended future stays on course.”
“Well that just sucks.” I said leaning back against the seat. I was going to make a terrible leader. Isadora handled it all with such grace and here I was moping.“Indeed.” She said before sitting next to me. “It sucks quite a lot.”
See How She Fights (The Chronicles of Izzy #2)