This photo shouldn’t make me smile, but it does.
It’s a rite of passage as a toddler, isn’t it? The first meeting with the scary man with the beard.
Toddlers are funny creatures. Full of curiosity and wonder, excitement and giggles.
A growing awareness of the world around them brings much to amaze and delight, but also much that seems strange and odd and frightening.
Each new situation brings opportunities to experience and learn. But, they can be daunting at first.
The wee girl was on Santa’s knee, alone, for about five seconds. Just long enough to snap this photo. Daddy was just of shot, and that is who she is reaching for. She was scooped up, cuddled and kissed, and was giggling again within minutes.
The resilience of children.
So, yes, the photo makes me smile.
It reminds me that however ordinary a moment may seem to me, the adult; to the child it can be extraordinary – in good ways and bad.
It reminds me that being unsure and a little frightened is part of growing up. That sometimes situations might be scary, but that is okay. I want my children to be confident and secure. I want them to try new things, to experience the world around them.
It reminds me that the most important thing for your child to know is that you are there if they need you, that you will always protect them – but also that they are capable of doing anything they set their mind to, and it is my job to teach them that.
And, who can resist a photo like this :) A classic childhood moment, one to be cherished and remembered, and used in later years!