May 27, 2012 by mamacravings
Two year-old kids may be the most determined of all people groups. In fact, they tend to get a pretty bad rap for it. Such persistence isn’t always convenient for others in the two year-old’s world. It is rarely rational. Sometimes it is just downright messy and definitely noisy.
That being said, determination is a character trait that I crave for Eli to display throughout his life. I want him to persistently seek faith, love and learning.
But today, I want him to conquer a monstrous climbing wall….well, it’s monstrous to a little guy who only stands 34 inches off of the ground.
I’m not sure if Eli would have been so determined to climb this wall if it wasn’t for the water slide at the other end. Whatever his motivation, it was strong.
I was struck by a few things baby Eli showed as he repeatedly slid back down the wall:
1. He never stopped smiling, even after 20 minutes of continuing to try.
Even in his failures, he took joy. He laughed every time he fell. Eli simply enjoyed the process.
2. He received helped as he needed it.
Every now and then, we would hear a voice call out, “I helps you!” (which in two year-old translation actually means, “I need some help, please!”). As our friend Jen would help to lift him up the climbing wall, he called out, “Push! Push! Push!”
3. His persistence never ended.
I can’t count how many times he fell right back down that wall. And it doesn’t really matter, he wasn’t counting either. He just continued to climb. He continued to chant, “I do it. I do it. I do it.”
That moment when he finally reached the top all by himself had the entire backyard erupt into cheers. He laughed all the way down the slide.
And he marched straight back to the climbing wall to do it all over again.
“I do it. I do it. I do it.”
mamacravings’ fb page has a video of Eli climbing the wall.