Our grandchildren are in the “tottering stage”.
That stage in life when footsteps become steadier, balance becomes better, response times reduce, and agility accelerates. The younger of the totterers has the padding of a nappy. The middle totterer doesn’t but is still quite close to the ground. The eldest totterer has no padding and much greater height.
When they trip they fall easily. And we are forever putting a hand or arm in the way. And when they do fall – depending on how hard – there is either comforting words and/or a helping hand up. Sometimes even a cuddle.
The only time we “leave them be” is when they are working a crowd. When they are playing “falling” as a game to get raucous laughter. They learn to “work a crowd” at an early age!
The Christian Tradition makes much of this “fall”. The Fall. Has become shorthand for quite a complex piece of God-and-me stuff. It is a central to the Christian Tradition. Around Lent it gets a real outing. Makes sense of the cross. Drives a lot of Christianity. And is essential repetition by rote.
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I see a lot of head shaking in the repetition. I see a lot of “what can we do – we are all sinners by birth”. I see a lot of excusing ourselves because we are fallen. I see a lot of needing saving going on not because of me – because of being fallen. We all need saving because we all fell.
Always the fall. Always the sin. Always the saving.
I watched our children. I watch our grandchildren. They were not born to fall.
They were born to WALK and RUN and CLIMB and MOVE as well as to fall. We are BORN to LIVE in movement.
Our children and grandchildren move into – and out of – tottering and falling. They fall only because they are becoming more agile, better movers, better livers in movement.
And while they are in a stage of tottering and falling, we are there to protect and connect.
And while they are in it, they just get on with it. Sometimes there is a wailing and a few tears – but mostly just a hmmmphh – a lot of time a smile … and off they go again.
Just seemed worth adding here.
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and a reminder of an open invitation to add your thoughts to the previous post: “Bigger than not speaking – across the divide”