August is now a master of the monkey bars. The real story is how he became a master that sunny day 3 weeks ago.
Determination is the word that came to my mind that day. Pure, raw, real, determination.
It was a beautiful March day, sunny and cool, and we found ourselves at a park called Hilltop Park. August has been trying to master monkey bars for quite some time, but this park had something the other parks didn’t have: monkey bars that he could reach from the platform without mom’s help! He said, “Mom watch. I am going to make it across.” He grabbed the first bar, swung to the second with ease, but found himself dropping as he tried to reach the third. “Keep watching mom, I am going to make it this time.” Again he got the first and the second bars, dropped on the third. “Keep watching mom,” he pleaded. 5 minutes. 10 minutes. Same thing; first bar, second bar, dropped at third. Then suddenly he got to the 4th bar out of 6. Now he plea had turned into a self-motivating mantra. “Again,” he said. And with each drop, “AGAIN.” 4 bars to the 5th bar. 15 minutes, 17 minutes, 20 minutes. 5th bar! Then within one more minute…6 bars…and the landing on the other side! He looked at me BEAMING. I screamed in delight! Determination. Not one cry, whine, or moment of self-doubt squeaked out. Just the word, “AGAIN.” and the look of determination. With this boys lack of fear and powerful determination…I can’t wait to see the plans that God has for him!
Now he is our monkey bar master! Across any set of monkey bars you put in front of him.. Gymnastic bars too? Yes! Flips upside down…and lets go of his hands to hang. He can even pull himself on adult size gymnastic rings into a full flip!
Not even 4 years old yet…Go August go!