A parent’s role is not the easiest job in the world. There are so many things to teach our children about the woes of life. But, there are also wins that should be celebrated because those are what give us hope. Teaching children can be the most rewarding activity, but it can be the most humbling thing when our children are able to teach us. This is what happened to Mrs. Sally-Anne Shaw and her husband, Michael Shaw, in our story today, inspired by the readers of Amodays.
They Yearned for a Child
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw had been married for quite some time now. Being high school sweethearts, they knew each other inside and out. They acclaimed the success of their marriage was based on having similar interests, and they were working towards the same goal of having a family. They tried for years to conceive, but for a long time, they had no success. No matter how many years they tried, their relationship was never threatened, because they both knew it would happen if it were meant to.
The joyous day arrived, and Sally-Anne waited nervously for her husband to come home. She had a positive pregnancy test to show him. He was over the moon when he found out, and they promised right there and then that they would do anything to keep this baby safe.
Sally-Anne had originally wanted a large family. She had grown up in a busy household, and she had yearned to have one of her own. They tried with no avail to conceive a sibling for their firstborn, whom they named Rachel. Even though she tried her best not to show it, her husband could tell that she wanted another.
Some Years Went By
As the years went by, the yearning for another child turned into another thing altogether. There is something that is triggered in some mothers where they might be a little overly protective over their children at times. They mean well, because it is based on their love for their offspring, but it can be a little stifling to grow up in such a household where your parents do not let you do anything without their observation of consent.
Rachel had grown into a brave young girl who was not afraid of much. That was interesting, because of how nervous her other was of anything happening to her. One day, Rachel was invited to the birthday party of one of her classmates, and they were going ice skating! Rachel was so excited because she had never been ice skating before because her mother was not happy about the idea.
She first broke the news to her dad about the part. She had learned over the years not to go to her mother first. Her dad seemed like he didn’t mind the idea of her skating over ice, but when she asked her mother, it took nearly a week before she agreed to let her go. The only compromise was that she would wear a helmet, knee, and elbow guards. As embarrassing as this was, she agreed, realizing this was the only way.
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Mum Relaxed a Little
As time went by, Sally-Anne started to loosen up with her protective tendencies. She realized that she had raised quite a formidable daughter who knew right from wrong. She would not get herself into any unnecessary danger. Rachel was now nine years old, and this meant that she was making some pretty big decisions without any of her mother’s help. This was a little unsettling for Sally-Anne, who knew this day was coming, but she had not mentally prepared herself for her daughter’s independence.
Rachel sat her parents down one day and started off with an impressive presentation about her wish to walk herself to and from school instead of being driven by one of them. Sally-Anne had a knot in her stomach the entire time. She wanted to protest, but one look from her husband and she knew that this was not an option – she would have to allow this, so she did.