Earlier today while doing his barn chores, Braedon, my nine year old son, was kicked in the face by a goat named Pepper. A few times. And hard. (If only there were cameras on my expression when I listened to that voicemail from the school nurse.)
When telling Thomas about it over the phone, he remarked, “I’m surprised you are so at ease with this.” And the only explanation I could find in my heart was, “I would rather he get kicked by a Waldorf goat than punched in the face by public school bully any day.” And there you have it.
The truth is, our children need to learn life’s lessons of limitations, hardships, challenging relationships and resilience. What better place to learn these than in Mother Nature’s arms?
In nature, we are able to experience hardships as messages of strength, rather than oppression. I cannot help but hold gratitude for Braedon being exactly where he is supposed to be; hoof-print-covered-shirt and all.