A List Maker's Life: Overcoming Fears

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Overcoming Fears

After a successful venture last weekend we thought we might just be able to finish painting the house this weekend. However, things didn't go quite as smoothly as before. We began the tallest side of the house first thing in the morning on Saturday. It didn't take long to realize that this part of the house would require an extension ladder. No problem, we have one...except Kevin was "scared to death" to climb the height. After much coaxing (mostly from Anne Hope), "You can do it daddy!" Kevin decided to give it a try. I was told to keep a tight grip on the base of the ladder and to be ready to catch him if he fell. Kevin made it up about 4 rungs when he said, "Katie, I can't do it! I'm frozen!" Oh dear, this is going to be a long day and an even longer project. I held the ladder for close to an hour as Kevin gained confidence. Believe it or not, by the end of the day Kevin was successfully climbing up to our highest peak without my help. So, although we didn't make the progress we were hoping to on day 2 of house painting. Our (specifically Kevin's) accomplishment was very significant!

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