Local Heart, Global Soul

July 20, 2016

When Courage Is On Display On The Rock Face…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Spending some family holiday time in Germany last summer was an excellent idea that did not always go according to plan.

The main problem was the weather, more specifically rain and lots of it, but near the end of the first week things improved and the kids were bursting to let off steam.

For outdoor activities we didn’t have to look too far, the Landal Wirfttal holiday park offers a few on-site, so we sign up all three of the kids for abseiling.

The session starts with a run-down of safety procedures and instruction on how to handle the equipment and then the group disappears up the trail that takes them to the top of a small bluff directly behind the park’s Reception building.

I took a lot of close up photos of the kids as they made their way down the face of the hill, and a short video of the first boy (a very confident kid by the look of things) but am having troubles logging into my YouTube account for a few weeks now so will add it later when I sort that out.

Little Mr and his guest were the smallest of the group and shorter legs made for a few interesting manoeuvres as they each came down, Little Mr was by far the more confident of these two, his steps being decisive even when he approached areas of difficulty. His guest had never abseiled before and was willing but very apprehensive.

Her descent was more of a centimetre by centimetre approach and slipped over at the point where the kids had to lean as far back as they could to negotiate a large rock that had a large gap beneath it was where her confidence crumbled.

Of course the instructor stopped her from falling immediately but she was shaken and so Himself donned a safety helmet and scrambled as high as he could to help her the last part of the way.

All kudos to her, she doggedly continued albeit very slowly until she reached Himself, a true accomplishment if you know that this little girl is as far from tomboyish as it is possible to get, and is seriously shy by nature.

Every kid gained a hearty round of applause from the waiting parents below, but she got an additional cheer because it was plain to see that this was a really big deal and that she showed a lot of courage in daring to do this at all. I heard that she was close to tears when she replied to me that she was ok, but bit her lip and determined to see things through. Little Mr didn’t say anything and acted like nothing was amiss but immediately was extra reassuring and generally worked hard to make her feel ok about the slip, and soon she was shyly smiling again. Both of our children show a lot of compassion for others, but even at a very early age Little Mr has shown us that he is unusually attuned to the feelings of others.

He can rough-house with boys no problem but gets on fabulously well with girls too, and this friend, a serious “girly-girl” who dresses primarily in pink, loves creative hobbies over anything dirty or strenuous seems like a rather odd play-fellow but they seem to never ever get on one another nerves and none of the parents have ever heard them fight or have a cross word. They seem to accept each others differences no problem and get on fine playing in her garden, with walkie-talkies on the street, building things from carton or paper, playing Lego or Minecraft. Little Mr preferred to stay with his friend than to take a second go on the course so we all watched whilst a few of the others and Kiwi Daughter saw if they would do even better a second time around.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

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