I could have posted pictures all day of these two…just like this. Little Guy up on Dad’s shoulders. My third-born wasn’t only very young in those days, he was very little.
I remember practically throwing a party when he broke the 30-pound mark. And he was already in school. Big kid school…not preschool.
Little Guy, like all boys in my cave, experienced a late growth spurt and though I still see him as too little to be playing varsity football…there he is, and one of the bigger guys to boot. Makes my mom-knees shake. And my mom-tummy hurt.
When Little Guy was in every way little, he never could see. I don’t mean he was physically blind, I mean he was constantly trying to see past kneecaps. Fortunately, he had a dad who didn’t mind hoisting him up top.
Long before ads posed the question - “Can you hear me now?” - our family often heard Dad asking the baby, “Can you see it now?” Sometimes it was a quick, “Yup!” Other times, it almost became a game, “Nuh-uh, Daddy! Over! Tan’t see it! Over, pwease! Nope! Utter way! Wittle more…dare! Dat’s it! I tan see it!”
I never asked him and I never heard him complain, but I’m thinking Caveman’s shoulders had to get sore…or at the very least, tired. Add to that the times the kid got excited during a parade or fireworks spectacular, when I’m sure there were bruise marks left in the armpit area! But, really, I never heard him gripe. It came with the territory of being entrusted with new life…it’s what we do.
We help others see.
My shoulders get sore sometimes. My armpits have been kicked by flailing feet. But, man, is it worth it.
Who are you hoisting up today? Think about the people you get to help see.
You get to help them see God’s love, His goodness and their potential.
Wow, now that’s heavy.