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  • Of Bears And Boys

    June 20, 2007

    One rainy afternoon last week, Sean and I were snuggled on the sofa together watching a show about bears on Animal Planet.  A young bear scaled a tree with enthusiasm if not grace.

    “Now why is that widdle bear not with his mommy?” he asked with concern.

    “Well, he is probably big enough to be by himself,” I assured him.  “He probably doesn’t need his mommy to look after him anymore.”

    He took a few seconds to consider this and then said in a low and worried voice, “I don’t ever want to be that big.”

    I took a few seconds to consider that and said, “Yeah.  Me neither.”

    He doesn’t know yet that someday he will itch and yearn to go off and discover the world on his own, that God builds bears and boys with this desire and that it will awaken in him at just the right time.

    I’m just not sure God has built me with the desire to let him go.
    Photo: For now, my cub and I climb trees together.


    1. jean says:

      I love the new look.

      June 21st, 2007 at 1:15 am

    2. Diane J. says:

      Love your new template, AM.

      I love this post, too. 🙂

      June 21st, 2007 at 1:19 am

    3. Connie says:

      Very pretty…love it! Will continue to read faithfully although I mostly lurk. Love your transparency and your great sense of humor!

      June 21st, 2007 at 1:43 am

    4. :: Suzanne :: says:

      Great new look.

      June 21st, 2007 at 2:43 am

    5. Sherry says:

      Love the new look!

      June 21st, 2007 at 4:31 am

    6. Veronica says:

      The new site looks great. And I love the tree-climbing photo.

      June 21st, 2007 at 6:19 am

    7. mamabeck says:

      awwww..precious lil’ cub you have there!

      Your new home is just beautimous! Love it!


      June 21st, 2007 at 8:06 am

    8. Janssen says:

      Ooh, great new look! Even nicer than before.

      June 21st, 2007 at 8:25 am

    9. Megan at Sortacrunchy says:

      Hi! I am a new reader by way of Everyday Mommy’s recommendation. Love the new look – so pretty! Look forward to reading more.

      June 21st, 2007 at 8:28 am

    10. Christine says:

      Nice new digs, AM. I want that background on the walls in my bedroom.

      June 21st, 2007 at 9:14 am

    11. Susan says:

      Love the new look.

      June 21st, 2007 at 10:29 am

    12. Stacey says:

      Love the new look and that picture of you two in the tree! I’m not sure I’m ready for my guys to leave either!

      June 21st, 2007 at 11:59 am

    13. onemotherslove says:

      Beautiful look for your page, beautiful photo, beautiful story. I’m adding a list of mommy blogs on mine & added you if that’s ok?

      June 21st, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    14. Katharine Cook says:

      Sean looks so little and vulnerable in this picture, but he looked so grown-up in the one walking down the path. I suppose it is because he is snugling with his MaMa. Don’t worry about letting go later on — he will come back to you with more cubs for you to love.

      June 21st, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    15. Paulette1958 says:

      This is so you AM!! I love it. I wish that picture could be in your header!! I love that icture its priceless.
      Your new look is awesome.

      June 21st, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    16. Marie says:

      Very pretty!! Love it!

      June 21st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    17. Scarlet says:

      Remember the childrens book that starts with a mom holding her baby boy on a rocking chair and ends with the boy holding his mom on the same rocker? I can’t remember the title, but it’s a cute picture book I used to read to my daughter. Anyway, that’s what the pic of you and your boy reminded me of. Great post btw. Kids grow up so fast, it would be nice to stop the clock for a while.

      June 21st, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    18. Shalee says:

      AM, your look is SO you! And I really want the look of YOU to be me… you’re so gosh darn pretty inside and out.

      June 21st, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    19. Mrs. U says:

      This was THE sweetest post!!! I am sitting here crying after reading it!! I am not ready to let my little one go, either. Maybe I’ll be ready when she’s 44. 🙂

      Mrs. U

      June 22nd, 2007 at 8:15 am

    20. Roxanne says:

      Just a gorgeous picture. . .

      June 22nd, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    21. Jill says:

      I have never been to your site before so I don’t know what “the old look” was, but I love this post. Thank you for sharing.

      June 22nd, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    22. Overwhelmed With Joy! says:

      Oh, I agree. It’s going to be so hard to let go when it’s time to. And it’s hard watching each little play of independence that has already started with my 2 1/2 year old son.

      June 23rd, 2007 at 10:10 am

    23. maria says:

      Love the new blog – it is sooooo pretty. That is a really beautiful picture of you two. As Jon gets older, I often ponder his approaching departure, physically, emotionally and I can’t imagine myself there. I only know one place and that’s “Mom where is my_______”. The years have gone by way too quickly.

      June 25th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    24. Pat says:

      Scarlett…the book you’re referring to is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch…..great book!!!

      July 15th, 2007 at 1:23 pm

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