On a beautiful day while that leaves were beginning to grow on the trees, causing the sky to reveal a green haze of pollen all around, two parents decided it was worth enjoying with a nature walk, to the best of their ability.
Rob and I wanted to do something nice with the boys. We have taken them on hikes and nature walks several times, but this time was definitely not a good time for all of us.
Leto wanted to stay inside. Micah was up for anything and seemed interested in exploring. It was really hard to try to convince Leto to put aside his longing for what he wanted to do, no matter how many times we’d tell him he’d have time to do enjoy indoor things afterwards. He was upset and let us know how he really didn’t want to go.
The sad part is, it shows in these photos, but I am glad that the truth is revealed. We tried to calm Leto down. He’d huff and puff and walk far ahead. Perhaps it is just a pre-teen thing that happens, but it was hard. I was in a really great mood too. I tried to be a cute cheerful mom towards him but he fought off smiling no matter what I’d say.
Micah on the other hand was pointing out interesting things he’d spot along the walk. He wanted to stop and take a look at details and soak them into his memories. He was really having a good time while his brother would say strongly, “We stopped again? Why now?”
At one point we allowed Leto to take a different path than us where we could see him from our own path (the paths connected at the end). It wasn’t until the very end of our walk, when he started to look at the water, that he calmed down. By that time he was ready to enjoy the nature, but our time there was at a close. You can see how much happier he became. I just wish he could have enjoyed the whole thing from the start.
Parenting strong willed children can have its frustrations. I am glad that I had a pretty clear head and didn’t get really angry and yell, but the mood was not as good as it could have been. I really took that hard because I value my time spent with my family! I think about how God must feel sometimes when he gives us such great things and we moan and complain instead of being thankful and joyful through it. Have I myself been like that? Most likely, yes.