My Resilient Little Girl

My 7-year-old daughter continues to amaze me every day. A little over a week ago, she broke her elbow playing on the monkey bars (or more specifically, falling OFF the monkey bars). It was a very bad break so she had to undergo surgery to fix it. You can see pictures and read the blog post about it here. After an overnight stay, a tough time coming out of surgery, and then a rough, painful 4 days, things are back to normal.  Well, as normal as they can be with a cast covering your entire arm.

The scene of the accident.

The scene of the accident – 9 days later.

Today, we spent a family day in Stanley Park, as we often do on Sundays.  We returned to the scene of the accident.  She was not too impressed with the monkey bars, but she just carried on doing what she does best – being a smart, happy, fun-loving, active little girl. She just makes the best of every situation. I am so very proud of her.

Hmmmm…. I wonder if the surgeon would approve?

I have come to the realization that if you are going to break your arm, 7-years-of age is probably a pretty good age to do it.  My daughter can be reasoned with quite well.  She doesn’t put up a big fuss when she remembers that the doctor said that she can’t do certain things (like run or jump or go into the water park for a couple more weeks). She is careful, for the most part, and very responsible.  I think it would have been much more difficult if she was a little younger and was trying to deal with all the things she can’t do while she has this huge cast on her arm (over summer, nonetheless). Today, she even announced, “Mom, my arm feels just like normal!  Well . . . Except it’s in this cast.”  hahaha

Here’s Trista finding something to do while her brothers played at the playground.

She was pretty proud of herself making this creation.

So, through all this, I guess I’ve learned just how strong and resilient my little girl has become. She amazes me each and every day. I am so fortunate to be her mom.

Here are a few pictures to show you just how resilient my little girl is. Here she is about 30 minutes before the horrible fall that broke her elbow:

Happy as a clam, not knowing what 30 minutes later would bring.

And, this is my little girl today, being as silly as ever!

There’s my girl! Oh how a few days make a world of difference. She’s back to herself again! She makes my heart smile.

What have your children or your students done to demonstrate their resilience?

What makes you proud of them?

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am a Principal of an elementary school Langley, BC. Lastly, I am a person who loves photography. I gain so much enjoyment and satisfaction taking photos. I have learned a great deal about photography since I purchased my first dSLR in 2008. There is so much more to learn though! All three of these things help to describe who I am as a person, but also demonstrate my love of learning - nothing is ever stagnant with any of these. I love to learn!
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2 Responses to My Resilient Little Girl

  1. darcymullin says:

    Tia, as a parent I can completely identify with your story. I remember when my son was a year and a half old he got RSV and was in the hospital for six days. A harrowing experience for sure, but like you I was amazed at his resilience. Today my kids are 9 and they make me proud every day. I am so thankful to be able to spend lazy summer days with them. These are special years.

    • T. Henriksen says:

      Hi Darcy,

      Oh, RSV is so scary! My youngest had it when he was 1 week old. Scary times for sure! The lack of control you have and you feel is so difficult in times like that. Yes, even at their youngest, they are so very resilient. You are right, these are very special years. I am so glad you get to spend this quality time with them.

      Thanks for reading and responding,
      Tia

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