Friday, March 16, 2012


Five Minute Friday: THere's a writing prompt and a directive to write for five minutes straight, without stopping and i say, without editing ... so here goes:


I think you can't be brave unless you are afraid -- its something my boys and I have discussed many times, because they are full of the grapple with their own understandings of the world.  At 6 and 4 the things that scare them are radically different, and their ways of expressing the fear as well.  The 6 will run from the room at the first hint of ominous music, he will react with rage at his brother's insistence that 4+4 is 9.  His understanding of the world seems both SO literal, and SO unformed. It shakes his world that he has no tools to approach the irrationality of the 4, it shakes his world that the numbers in fact, might not add up.   What to do? How to face the world when you just can't be certain....?  How do I address this in a tiny boy looking for answers? 
Be brave.  Learn.  Ask questions.  Listen.  Have faith that it'll work out.  it will .

The 4 is still in struggle with the basics and seems to have very very little fear.  He will need to be brave later on, right now, he is fearless.  

I also need to heed my own advice, as it is...

Be Brave.  Learn.  Ask questions.  Listen.  Have Faith.  

still working on it...



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Anonymous said...

I think you are right. That being brave requires some fear. And those words actually shed a bit of light on the thoughts written in my post today, thank you! Nice to meet you through FMF.

Unknown said...

I think you are absolutely right. One can't be brave, until first, they are afraid.

Nancy said...

When my children were small, I was constantly afraid: of failure, of failing them, of everything. One of the most difficult lessons for them to learn was that things don't always make sense and people seldom make sense.

Hang in there.


Anonymous said...

Children so often help us realise things that we have forgotten, don't they? Good post for today's challenge.

MotherOfGooses said...

you are right. doing something in spite of the fear, that is brave.