Thought of the week…
You know those moments when you just sense something’s not quite right?
My daughter loves to explore and ‘be one’ with nature, so often she roams the neighbourhood alone road testing various parks as the perfect spot to read or journal.
She’s almost 16, so the alarm bells in my head and heart are not as loud as they once were.
Although a couple of afternoons ago, something in my heart pounded in panic when she told me she was off to the park again.
Nothing had changed in her demeanor, she wasn’t meeting up with anyone, her reading content was the usual (pretty much anything that David Attenborough would have either written or approved of), she had her mobile phone on her and she would have only been a couple of streets away.
Yet something felt wrong. So I simply said no. My mum told me as a parent to not let cramping your child’s style get in the way of their safety…this was one of those moments.
Who knows what may or may not have happened, but I do know that I’m glad that both she and I decided to go with my gut feeling. She learned once again to listen to a silent prompting…to trust an instinct.