"Mothers for miles around worried about Zuckerman's swing. They feared some child would fall off. But no child ever did. Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will." - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
I thought of my favorite childhood book - and lessons around the power and care of young ones - with this dear family, who recently welcomed their second daughter into their home. Six weeks new, their little girl is a calming presence in the arms of her parents. Her older sister, a toddler walking the line between glimpses of her baby years and the competence and curiosity of a little girl, is always busy - legs stretching longer, pumping on her tree swing. These two girls' parents sing songs to them about their strength and intellect. They challenge their first born with questions and listen carefully as she imagines new worlds springing from her paintbrush. They bring the girls outside often to play and breathe, the Boulder Flatirons their backyard. There is so much to worry about, of course. And yet, it seems their daughters are their greatest teachers, pushing the limits and proving they will hang on tighter than their parents think.