“What happened?” I asked – “You didn’t roll – you always roll when you fall” and I smiled, trying to tease and comfort while we waited in the emergency room. He’d fallen during soccer practice, fracturing his collar bone.
That was about 4 years ago. In early May, he did it again – he broke his collar bone. He fell. Except this time, wrestling with friends, and, um, friend tossing caused the fall. Legend has it he was winning till he was tossed.
Always standing up to his big brothers, all 6 ft. 5 , 6 ft 4 and 6 ft – he’d boast of his exemplary grades, “Who’s the smartest?” – the little guy standing up to the big ones.
His little brother, quirked both eyebrows– asking, “Who’s the smartest now?”
I asked them what happens when they fall on the soccer field – and the 4th one, the one with the broken collar bone admitted when he gets up, he tries to stand a bit taller – which I guess is much better than licking your paw and cleaning behind your ears.
It doesn’t stop your brothers from getting their verbal licks in, though. The older ones, they would just wiggle their fingers an inch from his arm – just as effective as a real poke.
But I got to tuck him in for a few nights, arrange his pillows. It happened Mother’s Day weekend.
His friend who tossed him, I thanked him for the awesome Mother’s Day Gift – I got to coddle one of my boys, who no longer needs bed-time chronicles or bed-time reads or tuck-ins – but he needed some extra TLC for a few days– and who was just too darn injured to run away from a little this mama’s TLC.
Silver Linings – to every cloud, ladies – Silver Linings – there’s always a silver lining to things like clouds, storms, challenges – and falls that result in broken collar bones.
An even more important silver lining – is that falling teaches the importance sometimes of standing.
Without falling/failing, how can we ever truly know the measure of our success
or the Father’s grace
Falling isn’t always pretty or graceful or timely
Sometimes only through falling can we see the way up
the way up to stand
But, oh, my – how grand the standing is after a fall
You just might find yourself standing a bit taller.