Carry A Child

I watched the woman with white hair walk slowly in the morning sunshine. Next to her was a tiny girl child with a sun hat. The child’s height barely reached above the woman’s knees. With each step the woman took she was careful not to let the girl child fall behind. It was clear even from my distance; the woman was encouraging the child to keep moving forward as best she could.

I had no idea how far they’d come or how long they had walked. They both stopped momentarily and I could observe some kind of conversation. The woman seemed to be encouraging the child to keep going further. Instead the child reached up to ask if she could be carried for a while. With gentleness the woman scooped up this tiny girl child, carrying her out of my line of sight. Leaning back in my chair I knew I had seen something precious.

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