The Daring Of A Boy – OR – Why Copperswife Has Gray Hair

     This is a shot of the river where my guys like to fish.  It’s a beautiful spot, really.  Sometimes they fish from the beach and sometimes they climb these huge boulders and fish from that vantage point.

     Look closely at the huge rock formation in the foreground.  See the red shirt?  That’s my six foot tall son, Aaron.  Will is a couple of feet behind him in a white t-shirt.  That should give you a bit of perspective as to how huge that rock formation is, and how high above the river it is.  I thought about cropping the photo so that you could see the boys better, but then the perspective would be lost.  It’s the perspective that’s important here.


     While the guys fish, Dani and I hang out in the quiet of a river side picnic area.  We get comfy and enjoy the quiet time to read and knit.  Mostly we read.  The only sounds we can hear are the crows and scrub jays chattering, the breeze as it passes through the pines and redwoods and the roar of the river below.  We can occasionally here William’s voice (I know that doesn’t surprise those of you who know him personally).  It’s a quiet, restful day for us. 

     These pictures are from our last fishing trip in mid-August.  Towards the end of the day, my husband came back to the picnic area to help Dani and I pack up.  I asked where the boys were, and he told me “You have to come see.”.   We packed up and headed to the bridge that crosses the river so that I could “see”.  About the time that the picture just above this sentence was taken, I was heard to say, “Oh, no!  Please tell me he’s not going to…..”  and my words trailed off as he did, indeed………

………..JUMP!!!   Do you see my boy there?  He’s that tiny speck in the white shirt just clearing the rocks.   My heart and stomach changed places inside my body as I watched. 

     This is why I have gray hair, I tell you.  There have been too many “Hey, Mom!  Looks!” that have been all too similar to this scenario.  Yep, that’s why I’ve got the gray.

     The Lord made men and women differently.  Yes, my girls had their own fetes of daring, but they were approached and executed much differently than those of my boys.  My girls would have jumped from a lower outcropping and there would have been much arm flapping and shrieking involved.  Will just ran, jumped and cannon balled in! 

     The Lord has created men to be courageous and strong.  Though watching might make me quake in my boots, I have to remember to cheer my boys on as they perform these great accomplishments.  I want them to be the strong, courageous men of God that the Lord would have them be; and I’ll be thankful for the head of gray that results.

“The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.” Proverbs 20:29

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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