Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Splash of New

So, new things seem to be the song of my week and it appears I'm not the only one. Livy is having new and potentially frightening experiences. Despite that, as you see her here with Mom, they're both smiling at the possibility of the new. So, stand back, she's going in. Not Laura- but Olivia certainly is going to take a leap of faith, momentarily. A huge leap for such a little girl.

Livy went swimming for the first time. And, Eric made the best partner ever. Her Dad's hands are so big...and he's so tall that it seems pretty safe so far...no sense of fear at all from Livy. However, if you look very closely, you can tell that Dad is nervous inside, but it's that good kind of nervous. And he's doing his level best to transmit nothing but fun and happiness so Livy doesn't get the wrong impression from this new experience. Because, that's what Dads do.

Let's take a moment before moving on to consider that in this shot, Eric looks as though he's holding a Mini Me. Go ahead, you know you want to giggle!

Now the true test begins...

...learning to get your head wet..learning to allow your whole body to be given over...learning to be on your own in the big wide sea...but learning that love is still very close and watching over you. Learning to relax into a new sensation. Learning to be okay in a totally big experience.

Even further now....more....slowly...beginning to feel all right. And, for those who love you, they take such pride in your courage! They share your adventure and first steps toward the new. They do everything they can to support you as you try. Hold you up when it feels like you might sink to the very bottom. They do everything to give you the feeling of, "Go ahead, you can do it!" They love you so much that when you succeed, so do they.

Here's hoping that today, you can feel the same love and support that Livy found in Eric's hands. Here's hoping that you will try something new even if it's a bit scary. Here's hoping you can swim in the deep end and do quite well because you know you rest in Spirit's loving hands. Go on, take a leap...

Come on in; the water's very, very fine!

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Great Aunt Holly
photos by: Laura Gonazalez aka Livy's Mom

19 comments:

Mel said...

Oh, I remember it well...

Such a commentary on how *our* energy effects them...after all, the Little Ones are naturally so at home in the water....we need to Trust and to not transfer our own anxieties and fears....

~ here's to a day of bobbing and floating downstream~

beth said...

thanks holly...I needed this reminder that taking a leap of faith is just what we have to do sometimes... no matter what !

Eileen said...

Oh Holly, this message is wonderful and applicable to everyone. Thank you to Livvy for her courage and to you for your wisdom in linking the message to this day in the life of the new Gonzales family.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Holly...I so enjoy your messages...just the right thing at the right time. Namaste my friend.

Laura said...

I love love love your blog today! I'm so glad my Livy can give you such writing inspiration. Thanks - it really makes me smile to read what you write about her - it puts everything into perspective.

Love,
Lar

Ribbon said...

Lovely post!

best wishes
Ribbon

Toni said...

YES YES YES make that lovely Livvy a water sprite!!! The last picture of her, with that sassy little sideways grin? melted, puddled, my heart is grinning all through my body!

Having just forced myself to drive to Tucson, to get over my directionally and geographically challenged brain, and having DONE IT, I totally totally totally (fer shur) get this post. I GET IT. Hear ye Hear ye! Holly is right -- do something that takes you to the deep end, gets you fully drenched, then tell those who will wrap warm big happy hands around you and say 'I'M SO PROUD!!'

Just Jules said...

so cute - love the little diaper all pink and cute!

cinner said...

Wow what a commentary. And obviously you are doing awesome with your red camera! Eric and Livy look so much alike. And that last pic she just melted my heart too. A leap of faith is sometimes so needed. Thankyou for this post. Abig Hug!

Life With Dogs said...

What a great message to perpetuate on this gloomy Tuesday Holly. You are almost becoming a positive influence on me.

And just for the record, I covet your favicon...

Holly said...

Cinner,
I'm honest to a fault, so I can't let you give me credit for those photos. I did edit them, but that was my niece, Laura's contribution to the first swim. Mom stood and took the pictures. And, aren't they grand?!

Holly said...

Nigel! Glad you like my new favicon and noticed it! I'm really happy to when I see it. My blog buddy, Neil, helped me do that. He's the best!

cinner said...

Holly, she did a great job on the pics,,,,but oh the editing...!What is a favicon?...Maybe I am having a moment, but I am drawing a blank.

Holly said...

Cinner:
You may not be the only one who is wondering, what is a favicon...if you go to the address line of my blog in your search bar, the little icon next to the blog name used to be Bloggers orange e, but now I have the most appropo' black Scottie dog there. See him?

Donna said...

Loved the pictures and the message....thank you!

Genie Sea said...

I LOVE this post! Every single photo, every single word, and the deeper meaning. Love it!

Sarah said...

OMG she is beyond too cute!! You ar soo right - they fed off of us! I do love the little geuys!! Great pictures!

jan said...

I wish I had been exposed to water before the fear factor set in. I would like to have been that adorable.

Kavindra said...

This is beautiful. Like, you ought to send it in to magazines beautiful. I'm new to you here, and didn't know you were such a poetic writer. You go girl.

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