Let go of worry.

Accidents happen, especially with active, agile and fearless kids. I have two children like that, and so far, we have avoided anything major. Don’t get me wrong, we have had our bumps and bruises and even a dislocated elbow or two, but nothing that required more than a trip to the pediatrician, a mommy kiss and a Hello Kitty Band-Aide.

So last week when I found myself watching a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, who I had met only moments before, wheel my 5-year-old away from me and into emergency surgery, I was surprised to find myself calm and even peaceful at what was about to happen. Why wasn’t I frantic or even mildly upset? Not quite sure, it was strange really, but it all felt right and necessary.

My trusting the amazing team before us allowed my baby girl to peacefully and calmly submit to their care. Had I given into my fears and worry, she would have also done the same. Instead, with a gentle smile and a kiss we said “See you when you wake up baby.” And off she went down the hall and through those double doors reserved for patients and physicians. No tears. No fears, at least in her eyes.

Worry can consume us. The “what ifs” of life can and do take hold of our hearts and minds and they can be crippling. My little one quickly came through the repair of her left arm with flying colors, the recipient of two shiny new pins holding her bones in place so that the healing can begin. She also gained a strengthened trust and confidence in me, my husband and the doctors who surrounded her.

When all was said and done, she learned that, though the X-Ray showed a very damaged bone, her biggest worry really was “would we be able to replace the shirt, her favorite rock-n-roll t-shirt, that had to be cut off her body for the surgery.” Well, we did and she, her arm and our family are doing great and counting down the days until we can give those monkey bars another swing.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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