I was in our 2-year-old daughter’s room, dressing her in her Hello Kitty PJs for the evening, when I heard that all-familiar sound to a mother’s ears, echoing from the bathtub: sobbing.
Now, when you’re a parent, you know that sound could mean a variety of things. Shampoo in the eyes. A broken toy. Or very rarely, a real concern needing immediate attention. I figured I should check it out.
Entering the bathroom led to the discovery of our 5 year old in the midst of a real, heart-wrenching, alligator-tears meltdown.
click image to zoomChristy LeeOur two boys are night and day in the personality department. But we're hoping to have found a common ground in the motivation and personal rewards of the show cattle projects this year. The reason? His 8-year-old brother is old enough to show the heifers and steer this year through 4-H and the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). And he’s not.
(And why this revelation hit him during the middle of an ordinary, weekday bath? Well, your guess is as good as mine.)
I’ll admit. The sight of him in this condition broke this “momma heart” a bit. I wrapped him in a towel and headed to the living room so we could chat. We discussed the fact that both boys’ names are on the registration papers. That he’s an integral part of the daily wash-rack and feeding routines. Even big brother offered a few words of encouragement – which was a complete demonstration of the family’s level of concern over the matter.
It was obvious – my husband and I needed to think of something. And quick.
It’s funny how two children can be raised in the same home, with the same parenting methods, but possess personalities of polar-opposite proportions. Our boys are living proof.
Waylon, our 8 year old, is the studious type. He loves his books, video games and movies. Showing cattle is something that he is attempting because mom and dad have encouraged it.
After his first year in the NJHA, he’s excited for the shows this year. But his excitement stems from seeing his friends and competing in the speech and photography contests. The cattle are a nice little side benefit. A means to an end, so to speak.
But Nolan loves the livestock as much as the people. Nothing brings him more joy than pulling on his barn boots after school and venturing to the barn to check on his animals. Homework and studying and school? They just get in the way of the important work to be done outside.
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