One of the Mothers Said her grandson was having Growing Pains Said she soaked him in warm water And gave him aspirin He's 7 years old. Ild never heard of such a thing. Superstitions Old Wives Tales Ild heard of teenage boys with achy legs Growth spurts as their body stretched into manhood- He's 7.
And GrandMother kept him home While tending to his Growing Pains. Folks, I thought.
When I saw him the following day I asked, "How do you feel?" He said he was fine. "Are you in pain?" I asked? I scanned him over quickly. Same 7 year old little boy. He again said he was fine. "No more growing pains?" I asked. He said Nope and began pulling at his shirt. He then ran off to play with his friends.
It wasnt until the following week I noticed his clothes- Too small. He would need new shirts His stomach poking out from the bottom His jeans tighter and exposing his ankles He had grown. Although subtle I noticed the difference. He stood taller.
I thought about his Mother, his Grandmother's words from the week previous. She laughed and shruggred her wide shoulders Said all her children had the same pains Felt it around that same age Growing Pains. She nursed each child with warm water soaks And aspirin.
And looking at her grandchild With his new longer legs And skinny hanging arms Stomach sticking out under his shirt I thought about Growing And the pain of skin stretching to cover bones Muscles.
Thought about my own Growing Pains "Adulting" Not so much my physical body- My emotions When my ego hurt and my self-concept Emerged- transformed.
My Spirit When my life had fallen apart and I cut myself, seemingly 10,000 times, Picking up and molding the shards back into shape.
My Faith When I was hopeless and hurting and longing For a warm water soak and aspirin. For my Mother. And Grandma.
I wonder what I looked like afterwards? One week later? One month later? One year later? Was my growth noticable? Were my Growing Pains normal? Natural? Apart of being in the Human family?
Did I make a ritual of my transition A water ritual? Or an Earth ceremony? From old to renewed, Did I take time to acknowledge my transformation?
And have I kept sight of what's priority? Family. Friends. Trusting my Creator. Like the 7 yr old boy trusted his Grandmother.