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Joy: From the Ground Up

Get Back Up Again August 15, 2014

If it were me, I might have given up by now. Though I can’t say that’s entirely true because I do suppose I must have gone through something similar at some point in my puppyhood. But in light of the recent exodus of dear baby Carter and his mobility, this has been a sight to be seen.Ā Backyard shenanigans

Just a few weeks ago, at the tender age of around six months, he started crawling. A few weeks before that, rolling was his preferred method of transportation. And now I can honestly say I think he is going to be walking soon. Mind you, he is seven months old, and from what I understand this is very early for such a thing to occur in terms of developmental milestones.

Nonetheless, it’s all happening very quickly around here. But, like any journey, there are bumps along the way. And, in this case, there are a lot of them. Just out of curiosity, I attempted today to count the number of times Carter pulled himself up on something, stepped toward it, stood there for a bit, and fell down. I lost count at 56, and that was at about 3 p.m. so I’m certain there was at least a dozen or so more attempts.

Some falls looked more painful than others, but he did not falter. He got back up again and again and again.

The more I thought about it, I realized that I of course must have gone through something similar as a puppy where I fell down figuring out my paws. But as I watched Carter pull himself up on his activity center for the dozenth time, I saw something in his eyes. Determination. Strength. Maybe even a slight hint of stubbornness. Most importantly, there was a sense of perseverance.

And as American Roman Catholic priest Walter Elliot suggested, “perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”

Dear baby Carter might fall down every single time he tries, but his journey doesn’t end there. He gets back up. Again and again, he doesn’t give up. And I’m fairly certain at this point he never will. I only hope I can find ways to teach him as much as he is already teaching me.


5 Responses to “Get Back Up Again”

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  2. What an important lesson Carter is learning. Life is all about how many times you can get back up after you fall. Mom knows that from being a writer. Rejections happen. Until they don’t. We LOVE Walter Elliot’s quote. Mom will print it and hang it on her inspiration board. Thanks, buddy.

    Love and licks,

  3. Oh my word, dear Cupcake. It absolutely makes my day that your mom would put that quote on her inspiration board! I know it’s not really mine to share, but I played a part in bringing her something so brilliant. šŸ™‚ Also, I might have to suggest my mom get one of those! It sounds pretty neat. šŸ™‚
    Lots of love,

  4. utesmile Says:

    We can certainly learn lots from babies….. oh and wise dogs.. šŸ™‚

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