Saturday, March 5, 2011

It Takes Courage

5:54 PM

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  
~Ambrose Redmoon

Wonderman thinks I am brave.  I suppose I am.  See, Bean developed a very strong grip quite some time ago.  Often, when I am holding her, she grips my hair and pulls down on it.  I think it gives her a sense of security.  Here in Dominica, my hair is not nearly so available, as it is almost always pulled up and back.   You would think that would leave Bean with no security.  This is not true.  She is content to grip my earring and pull down to gain her sense of well-being.  An easy solution would be to forgo grip-able earrings, but they're not nearly as cute or fun.  Beyond cute and fun, big earring have sort of defined me for most of my pierced life.  If I'm not quite ready to give that up, does that mean I have not fully transitioned to "Mommy" yet?  If I give up earrings, do I give up on me?  Heh.  What started as a light-hearted post now seems all tortured and angst-ridden.  Meh.  I just like me some bling.  Is that so wrong?
(Is it mind-boggling to anyone else how such a gorgeous child can have such a silly picture taken of her?)

Conclusion: Some things are worth risk, and only the risk-taker can make that judgment.


Nick and Jesse Coleman said... about removing your earrings while you're nursing and giving her your finger or a little toy to squeeze? Just a thought. One of these days, she'll be strong enough to tear your ear (I know from experience).

Jodi said...

Keep on rockin' those big earrings! They are my thing too and I made it through 2 babies with them :) I never did let them yank on them though so it was a constant struggle.

Andrea, the little collector said...

Bling plus sling = hot mama-thing!

J. Michelle said...

I think every mom needs to hold onto something. Just might take some patience teaching Bean not to rip them off, that's all. :) (Yes, I do realize that I'm commenting on a really old post. This is how I blog/read. Blog, organize pictures, organize my website, blog, browse other blogs, repeat. I go in spurts, really random spurts)