“N” is for Natural Instincts #atozchallenge

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. — Lou Holtz

This quote reminded me of a phone call I received at work about four months.  It was midmorning and my daughter got hurt at school in her NJROTC class.

During my drive to the high school, I visioned all sorts of scenarios of how the incident may have occurred: running the bleachers, falling from obstacle course, etc.

On our way to the emergency room, the story emerged. She’d been twirling. What? When did she join the armed drill team?

a-to-z-letters-n“Someone gave me a piece of chocolate,” my daughter confessed. “Excited, I twirled and tripped over my backpack.”


I was flabbergasted. I had rushed out of my busy office to pick up my injured 17 year-old daughter — my known clumsy 17 yo — because she got hurt while… while…. TWIRLING? Literally, she was goofing off!

Then it hit me. Why was I upset because my daughter let her true feelings show allowing her to enjoy life? Isn’t that what I want for my children?

In a world where most teenagers prevent their true selves from showing so they can fit into the crowd, I am thrilled my teenager twirled.

~~Emmly Jane (hoping her children always have a song to sing)


About EmmlyJane

I believe in true love and happily ever afters. eReader. Favorite genre: historical romance.
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4 Responses to “N” is for Natural Instincts #atozchallenge

  1. rinellegrey says:

    Beautiful. I imagined your daughter much younger when you first mentioned the twirling. I think it’s wonderful that she still twirls at 17. I hope my daughter does.

    Rinelle Grey

  2. This Mom of a clumsy girl who could, literally, get hurt doing nearly any mundane thing, thinks that twirling in happiness leading to an ER visit will make a great story to tell grandchildren some day.

    May your daughter always be so free she twirls when she feels the need!

  3. Nana Prah says:

    That’s a nice story. It made me smile. I love her response to chocolate. She should twirl, but watch her step next time.

  4. Great perspective. Some parents would have scolded the child for her carelessness, rather than recognizing and appreciating their carefree exuberance.


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