Ever since Senya learned to walk, I have asked her “Do you need a hand?” when she approaches an obstacle such as a set of stairs or a rocky spot on a trail. I love holding her hand and guiding her.
She is pretty steady on her feet now, and I am constantly amazed by all that she can do. She is a brave girl and she is always exploring. Still, sometimes she encounters something that is a little too daunting and she reaches her tiny hand up, looks at me and says “Hand?” I love these moments.
This week, I have seen her approach an obstruction, pause for a few seconds in consideration and say “hand.” She then clasps her tiny hands together and marches forward self assuredly.
Watching Senya learn to rely on herself has been encouraging to me in a number of difficult situations recently. It is amazing to be reminded of the big truths by someone so small.