03 Nov “Follow me, Bop. I will protect you.”
Grandson Rowan enjoys taking walks in the neighborhood. He notices every decoration. During October, he paused at each house and commented on the pumpkins, ghosts, witches and “Jack Bones” characters. If the blow up characters were not fully inflated, he told us (Bop and Mimi) that they were asleep.
Each morning and afternoon last week, Rowan and I took a leisurely stroll on our street. We paused at the pond and saw a baby alligator on the other side of the water. We laughed as turtles jumped in the water when we walked closer. Safety is always first, so we stay on the sidewalk, far away from the water.
From the moment the front door opened and we walked outside, Rowan began talking and sharing about everything he encountered. “Look, Mimi, that’s a cloud. Look, Mimi, that’s a truck. Look, Mimi, that’s a dog.” He shares his enthusiasm for life.
One house in the neighborhood had a life size witch standing by the front door. Her tall, pointy black hat and long green nose and pointy fingernails made for a scary sight.
Every time we passed by that house, Rowan said, “She won’t talk to us. Don’t be afraid.”
This decoration never made a sound when we walked by the house. Maybe things were different at night. Perhaps she made a scary sound.
Alan (Bop) arrived home from work early one day. Rowan wanted the three of us to take a walk. We started out on a nice slow walk, with Rowan explaining every decoration to Bop. “Look, Bop, that’s a pumpkin. Look, Bop, that’s a bones man. Look, Bop, that’s a ghost.” Once again, his enthusiasm was amazing.
The closer we came to the house with the witch, the slower Rowan walked. He stopped suddenly and turned to Alan. “Follow me, Bop. I will protect you.” Rowan slowly stepped, inch by inch, making sure Bop was following. I already knew about the witch, so I didn’t need protecting. 🙂
Rowan paused in front of the house and turned to us.
“See, she doesn’t talk. It’s pretend. But, I will protect you.”
We stood still for a few moments. Rowan shared how the wind had blown her hat away. He also told us not to be afraid.
Then, as most 3 year olds tend to do, he began walking again and found interest in the next house and decorations.
Every moment with Rowan brings surprises and delights. This walk reminded me how God has told us not to be afraid. God tells us He will protect us.
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” NIV
No need to be afraid. When troubles or fear arises in life, look to our protector. God is the answer.
Have a glorious day and know you are loved and cherished.
Melissa aka Mimi
Kimberly Rose JohnsonPosted at 21:56h, 03 November
Such a precious story and lesson. Thank you for sharing!
mimionlifePosted at 22:03h, 03 November
Thank you Kimberly. We can learn a lot from the young ones. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Melissa McLaughlinPosted at 22:10h, 03 November
Such a sweet and tender story! I can remember our children saying precious things like that. Thank you for sharing these little family moments and helping us see God’s love through each one. May we rest in God’s protection, for in HIs hands, we have no reason to fear.
mimionlifePosted at 22:18h, 03 November
Thank you Melissa. I love how God allows the young ones to teach us valuable lessons. Have a blessed week! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 22:31h, 03 November
Your story warmed my heart. Just what I needed to hear on election day! I love the stories about your sweet grandson.
mimionlifePosted at 22:44h, 03 November
Thank you June. Rowan always gives us fun stories to share. He is amazing. Have a blessed week! 🙂
michellekaderlywelshPosted at 22:39h, 03 November
Rowan is SO cute! I love hearing about his excitement and how he views the world. Children really help us to slow down and see the world in new ways. I love how he wants to protect Bop. It’s great how you tied in how God protects us that way too. Thanks for the burst of sunshine this election day.
mimionlifePosted at 22:45h, 03 November
Thank you Michelle. I am thankful for God’s protection. I am thankful God shows us His love through the heart of young ones like Rowan. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 23:47h, 03 November
Aw…Melissa, I loved this story. Rowan has such a kind heart. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. It’s exactly what we needed to hear today. Bless you and your lovely family. xo
mimionlifePosted at 00:52h, 04 November
Thank you Jill. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Rowan is very special. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 01:00h, 04 November
That he is! ❤️
Gail JohnsonPosted at 01:07h, 04 November
Rowan is precious.
mimionlifePosted at 12:47h, 04 November
Thank you Gail. Yes, he is precious. 🙂 Have a blessed week! 🙂
Candice BrownPosted at 14:36h, 04 November
My struggles during the past year have made child-like faith necessary. My guess is, your grandson’s bravado was impacted by your presence and what he’s been taught about God. May that childlike faith follow him to adulthood. Thanks for sharing!
mimionlifePosted at 15:13h, 04 November
Thank you Candice. I’m praying for you. Have a blessed week! 🙂
J.D. WiningerPosted at 15:14h, 04 November
I’ve got a little friend named Chance who sounds very much like Rowan. What a blessing it is to see life through younger eyes again. To watch their actions reveal the values they are developing; to hear the amazement in their voice as they discover new things. And of course, to hear their energy in their sometimes “mile a minute” musings. Oh what a wonderful peace your post delivers today “Mimi.” Thank you; and God’s blessings sweet friends. You and Mr. Alan always bring joy!
mimionlifePosted at 15:35h, 04 November
What a great blessing to know you and Chance are friends! I am sure he is blessed by your friendship, as I am blessed by your friendship. Watching the young ones is truly amazing and fun. The innocence and the joy of the everyday moments can teach us all valuable lessons. Have a blessed day dear friend! 🙂
Diana DerringerPosted at 17:27h, 04 November
What fun times. Enjoy!
mimionlifePosted at 19:47h, 04 November
Thank you Diana. Yes, fun times! Have a blessed day! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 17:55h, 04 November
The lessons and reminders to not be fearful are everywhere! Thank you for sharing your fearless walk with Rowan!
mimionlifePosted at 19:48h, 04 November
Thank you Lynn. Yes, lessons and reminders can be found in each moment. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jeanne TakenakaPosted at 21:55h, 04 November
Your Rowan sounds like such a delightful child. I love that he thinks out loud and that he has such a protective heart. And, I really like that verse from Psalm 46. It’s always amazing when God uses children to remind us about unchanging truths about Himself. Thanks for sharing this!
mimionlifePosted at 00:06h, 05 November
Thank you Jeanne. My husband and I are constantly amazed at Rowan’s compassion. Our son and daughter-in-love are showing him how to love others. Have a blessed day! 🙂
colarnoldPosted at 22:11h, 04 November
Yes, God will protect us! Thanks for the reminder in this sweet story. It’s also a great reminder of why God tells us to “become like children” — their eyes are open to God’s wonder and their hearts are open to others. Thank you!
mimionlifePosted at 00:06h, 05 November
Thank you Col. Yes, “become like children”. We can learn so much from the younger ones. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Yvonne MorganPosted at 23:02h, 04 November
I hope your grandson grows up to be a writer. He has such a great imagination. And how I will think of this story next time I am afraid and I will remember that God is watching over me.
mimionlifePosted at 00:07h, 05 November
Thank you for your kind words, Yvonne. Rowan is very sweet. Yes, God is always watching over us. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Karen HarrisonPosted at 06:24h, 05 November
What a precious boy! I love his fearlessness and his desire to protect those he loves. Those are wonderful character qualities. He is growing into a courageous man of God, even at this tender age.
mimionlifePosted at 13:25h, 05 November
Thank you Karen. Rowan is a very compassionate boy. We are very proud of him. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 14:43h, 05 November
I love this so much! “No need to be afraid. When troubles or fear arises in life, look to our protector. God is the answer.” Amen.
mimionlifePosted at 14:47h, 05 November
Thank you Jessica. Amen. No need to be afraid. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Melinda Viergever InmanPosted at 19:25h, 05 November
What a sweetheart! Already showing manly protectiveness toward those he loves. He’s a dear one!
mimionlifePosted at 21:20h, 05 November
Thank you Melinda. Yes, he is a dear one. 🙂 Have a blessed day! 🙂
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 19:45h, 05 November
One of my granddaughters is three today. Such a magical age! Great story!
mimionlifePosted at 21:21h, 05 November
Thank you Nancy. Happy Birthday to your granddaughter! I agree, a magical age. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Marcie CramseyPosted at 10:19h, 07 November
We learn so much from children. What a special and memorable time with your grandson, 🙂
mimionlifePosted at 12:52h, 07 November
Thank you Marcie. Yes, we learn many wonderful lessons from children. Rowan teaches us a lot and gives us laughter and joy along the way. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
karentfridayPosted at 12:55h, 09 November
Melissa, I not only smiled a lot reading this post, but I also laughed out loud. How sweet and brave of Rowan to protect Bop and you. It does remind us of the Lord going before us and His protection over us.
mimionlifePosted at 13:47h, 09 November
Thank you Karen. This was definitely a sweet moment as Rowan tried to protect us. He is so sweet. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Ava PenningtonPosted at 15:07h, 09 November
How this reminds me of my need to enter the kingdom of heaven as a child!
mimionlifePosted at 17:29h, 09 November
Thank you Ava. Yes, I agree. We need to enter the kingdom of heaven as a child. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Crystal ByersPosted at 14:11h, 27 November
I love the innocent courage of three-year-olds. Sweet Rowan!
mimionlifePosted at 20:35h, 28 November
Rowan is a wonderful and compassionate boy. We are very proud of him. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂