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.
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.
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
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:
And, this is my little girl today, being as silly as ever!
What have your children or your students done to demonstrate their resilience?
What makes you proud of them?