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Photo Story Friday {Throwing Caution to the Wind}

May 28, 2010

My son tends to warm up to new situations slowly, on his own terms. He hangs back for a bit, observes quietly, takes it all in.

When my sister pulled out the wading pool, my niece darted across the yard and dove right in before it was completely filled with water.
She grabbed the garden hose and aimed it up over her head, reveling in the icy gushing water.
She clambered out the the pool to dance through the sprinkler, mouth wide open as she captured the glistening droplets on her tongue.
She exudes complete confidence in new situations…
…so much like her mama.

Shane watched warily from the dry safety of the sandbox.
He’s careful and cautious in new situations…
…so much like his mama.

She splashed and shrieked and soaked.
He watched with quiet seriousness.
These cousins are like night and day.

Gradually Shane began to inch closer to the pool, closer to the sprinkler.
He dipped a sand pail in the water.
He filled a dump truck from the spray of the sprinkler.

He poked a finger in the water…then his arms…
…then climbed up the ladder and sat, contemplating for a just a moment more, at the top of the slide.

And with a whooooosh and splash and a shocked gasp —
— he was in.

Dripping, laughing, splashing,
and throwing all that caution to the wind.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 5:13 pm

    You’ve just described my two boys! I’m glad he warmed up to the idea & jumped in. He’ll continue to do so more & more in time, you’ll see! 🙂

  2. May 28, 2010 10:52 pm

    This was lovely and looks like a lot of fun once he got used to it. I’ve got 1 of each, too. My oldest is the cautious one (like me), my 4 year old the daredevil (like his father). My daughter so far seems to be an inbetween.

  3. May 30, 2010 1:17 am

    how cute!! and what sweet pictures to go with the story. i am looking forward to the day i can play in the sprinklers with my son. 🙂 kids are so fun.

  4. Heather permalink
    May 30, 2010 12:43 pm

    I took Shea to a splash pad today, and thought of Shane and this story :). He did the same. All the other kids, running through the water, and Shea getting closer and closer. He loved every second of it, but was weary of fully immersing himself in a stream :).

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