Over the past few months I’ve found myself in a relationship where there is a tiny involved. Now I’m not saying that I wish sweet clementine away, or that I wish I had waited longer to be with someone who had a child. But what I am saying and will be talking about over my post, is the fact that having a child brings challenges. And in those challenges I find myself learning more from them than they would ever learn from me.
I’ve know clementine and her mom for many years and the first thing I did with the both of them, was introduce rock climbing into their lives. And of course they loved it! But at the time clementine was around 3, which brought challenges into the gym when we would climb. She would be restless and tire out easily as expected. But the more and more we kept going at it, the more I learned.
Clementine is a perfectionist, if she can’t do something the first go round and do it all at once she gets annoyed. Often times her responses are “but why can’t I just do it”…at the time she didn’t understand that 40 feet was a long way up for a three year old, or that her tiny hands just couldn’t hold on that long.
But I watched her on the wall for years now and I can see each time, how she looks for her way up, she looks for the next step, or even processes why she can’t reach the one hold she needs to boost her self up.
She has taught me a lot of things that I even now, continue to use in and out of my climbing life.
I’ve watched her push herself outside of her comfort zone to reach a goal. I’ve watched her little hands continue to hold on long after being torn and tired. I’ve watched her fail and get right back up like it never happened. I’ve watched her take the time to realize what she was doing isn’t working and find a way to make it work for her.
I’ll never forget these things and I will always hold them close to me. She has no idea what she has and continues to do for me and I am forever grateful for her little sweet self.
As always, thank you so much for the read!