This is the story of a young boy named Joey. He is going to visit his grandparents for the very first time and is in the midst of packing for the trip. There's just one thing....he doesn't want to go! So begins a string events that simply put...Joey does not want any part of. New situations, new people, new surroundings...all things that strike fear into the heart of many children. But what of the experiences they will miss out on if their fear conquers them?
I love the way that each situation was introduced as a blasé outing by the adult counterparts, and then turned into something so much more than the child ever had in mind. Isn't it usually that way (at least as a child)? We imagine a situation or outing to be one thing, and then POOF, we are proven wrong for better or worse. (I must say I am partial to the "better" ones though.) It all comes down to learning to take chances and putting trust in those we hold dear. Would they really steer us wrong? More than likely, no. Will we grow from the experience? In almost every case, YES....and that my friends is what life is really about (or at least one thing). If we don't try new things or venture from our comfort zones, well many of us would still be sucking our thumbs and curled up with our favorite blanket. (...not that that is a bad thing, but you can't stay there forever.)
Everyone grew up with (and may still have) a childhood fear. Ranging from the silly to the serious, they played big in our growing minds. Do you remember a childhood fear from your own past? Have you conquered it? (Care to share in the comments below!)
Until next time....happy reading!