Thursday, March 21, 2013
Fear of Falling
The other evening when we were headed upstairs to bed, Whit lost her balance on the stairs and fell from about five stairs up. She fell straight back and, due to her poor reflexes, didn't really catch herself. Thankfully, she was bruised but she wan't seriously hurt. The biggest injury has been to her confidence. She's always had a fear of falling that comes from those balance problems and from the fact that she's just not quick enough to catch herself. Falling like that has got to be terrifying. And it took quite a while to calm her down and determine that she was okay. Now we need to deal with the confidence thing. Whitney's taken to sitting down and scooting up and down the stairs the last couple of days just to be safe. I'm pleased that she's so cautious but I hope she gets back to walking up and down them again soon.
Whitney's had a lot of falls in life, both literal and metaphorical. I'm grateful for her example of perseverance. She always gets back up and keeps moving forward. But all the same, I think I'll try to hold her hand a bit more tightly in the future.