Definition of parachuting – 1. dropping from an aircraft by parachute 2. being appointed in an emergency, or from outside the existing hierarchy
Recently, I had the opportunity to do a tandem jump to celebrate my 60th birthday. To answer a few of the questions I’ve been asked;
“What’s it like?” – It’s a lot like being a parent. “How does it feel?” – It’s incredibly exhilarating, and a little nauseating, when you’re in a spin. “Would you do it again?”…
YES, ABSOLUTELY. 🙂
LABOR – Harnessing up. Tightening the harness, while the airplane is in a steep ascent to 14,000 feet. Experts are giving instructions. I’m hearing – “Wonk, Wonk, Wonk”, while taking deep breaths.
BIRTH – Tumbling out of the plane, into a freefall, realizing I have no idea how to do this. I can’t breathe. SCREAM. That’s better. Finding my focal point – the photographer. Yay! I’m not out here alone. Others have done this. It must be doable.
CRADLING – My favorite part. When the chute opens, all of a sudden, complete quiet. I’m looking down at this beautiful creation. I’m still not sure how, or where, we’re going to land, but I remember I’m in tandem with The One who does know. He has given me the measure of faith I need to do this.
PARENTING – The instructor let me steer, with him at first, and then on my own, with his direction. A hard downward pull with one hand would put us in a dizzying spiral. A more gentle pull would turn us slowly, allowing us to enjoy viewing more of the landscape. After all these years of parenting, there are days when I’m floating, thinking I’ve got this. Still, there are others, when I’m in that dizzying spiral. On those days, I whisper a prayer that allows me to let go of the ropes, passing them back to the Master. Together, we’ve got this.
When it comes to parenting, or any other adventure, I do believe we are each given what we need, to be as brave as we need to be. So thankful God appointed Rudy and I to care for Allison and Morgan, two sweet little pieces of His creation. So far, they’ve been quite a ride!
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!