Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Wild One.... A Little About Liam

Liam, Oh... Liam.

We call him our "wild one"... He is the baby of our three kids and couldn't be more different than the other two.

At {almost} 18 months old now, I find, that most days I run and run just to keep up with him. He climbs... on EVERYTHING, he runs from me at any given chance, he tends to hurt himself somehow daily.

He is wild.

I see myself giving apologetic looks to strangers that are in waiting rooms with us. You know, the "I'm so sorry I can't seem to control my wild child" look. They smile, some maybe give a little, "bless her heart" under their breath. {It's a southern thing... we bless a lot of hearts around here}

As much as I would dream of him just slowing down, recently, I started to change my thinking. I started praying. I prayed that God would show me how to be a momma that could appreciate his energy. A momma that didn't look around in waiting rooms to see if anyone was shaking their head as my wild child ran wild. I prayed that I would just watch him.... and be grateful. 
Watch him and be happy to see such an active boy with a sweet spirit.... because what  I didn't tell you up there while I was describing this wild child of mine is that he is so sweet. He says, "Hi! Hi!" to everyone he sees. He smiles.... at every single person he passes. And, boy oh boy, when he slows down to give you a hug... it will be the best you ever had.

The fact is, I was wasting too much time just trying to make him slow down.... trying to make him into someone he simply is not.

Take a look at the news, or your facebook feed, and you will see stories of mommas who long to see their children healthy again. They pray and pray just to see them run wild, play, and smile at strangers. 

Yes... it was my "Ah-Ha" moment.

All that praying I did revealed to me that to be a good momma to Liam, I just needed to be grateful for all he is... wildness included.

So if you happen to see me out and about with my boy, I hope you will see that being wild isn't so bad.... and not everyone is meant to be tamed.


  1. This is so awesome, Carmella! Both of my kids are also wild. I had to change my way of thinking about their wildness and it makes all the difference. That is who they are and that makes for fun entertaining days for the whole family! I love it!

  2. This made me a little teary eyed -- I have a 2 year old lil gal that you just described to a T in your description of your lil man. Thank you for giving me some much needed, grace filled perspective...

  3. I have 2 children that we describe as "wild", I have to admit I have tried to get them to "just slow down". But I agree so many parents would give all that they have to have have a healthy, happy child. I have always looked at my children as blessings but I think I need to be more grateful. Thank you for the wonderful reminder to look at my kids in a different way!

  4. Great post! The happiest kids are the ones who are allowed to run free - and get dirty!

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I have a wild child as well. I needed this. Thank you.

  6. This is one of the most beautiful things I've read in awhile...thank you for sharing :)


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