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While we go running in the morning, Ariah often says, “I need to run all by myself. You stay here.” So I stop as she runs ahead. By the time she’s about 20 feet ahead of me, without fail, she slows down, looking back with concern. Finally she says, “You need to come.”

“Can I watch a movie, mommy?” – “No.” – “Can I watch a movie, daddy?” – “No.” – “Grandma!” – “Grandma’s not here.”

I am a child of God, and so my needs are great. Help me to understand his words before it grows to late.” (Turns to Mom.) “Mommy, it’s growing too late! … Lead me, guide me … Mommy, guide me!”

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