Our Corynn got the snot kicked out of her the other day, or so it appears. Poor girl looks like she got into it pretty good with someone-and she was the loser.
I am actually SCARED to take her out in public, for fear of what people might think!
Last week, she was riding 'elephant' (or pony) style along with Andrew on Papa's back when she slipped off and crashed her uppercheck area into wood. It bruised up instantly and has since turned into a black eye. I thought that was bad enough- especially since Grandma and Grandpa are coming for a visit this weekend! But...that was just the beginning.
Then yesterday, we were enjoying the WARM weather outside when she dove nose first into the blacktop driveway. She cried and cried, showing me her skinned up hands and knee but I knew from looking at her, that the damage was more on her face than anywhere. Poor girl.
She took one look at herself in the mirror and said, "I have to cover up my face so no one can see me!" I was shocked when those words came out of her mouth! A four year old? Ashamed of a bruised face? Concerned at what people would think? I couldn't believe it.
I was taken aback at first, shocked that someone so young would think of such a thing... I talked to her about it, assured her that she was just as beautiful now as ever and told her that those marks only showed that she has been having lots of fun the past few days, yada yada yada. But still. It really made me think about how I act and react each day. Everything I say or do is shaping her way of thinking. Wow. Just another knock in the gut, for me.
After the comment she made, I thought it was DOUBLY important to take a few pictures of her. So she wouldn't be ashamed. So that she would know I think she is lovely no matter what. So that she knows that even with bruises I still want to take pictures of my beautiful girl. So I did.
Once again, I am reminded about how often I fall short as a parent and how HARD a road it can be to take, how much WISDOM is needed in the journey, and how each small step prepares the way for another.
May the Lord give me strength and wisdom to do this thing RIGHT.