The 4 Week Old Teacher
It’s great when you learn something from somebody when you’re not expecting it. It’s that much better when that someone has been around for 9831 less days than yourself. That’s right, at just 4 weeks old, I have been tought a life lesson. For the past 2 weeks, Mason has been dealing with a bad cold. Coughing, sneezing, congestion, mucus, lack of sleep, projectile vomiting, etc. For you and I it’s one thing, but for a baby who doesn’t know how to breathe from their mouth? A nightmare. Or so you would think…
Mason was definitely suffering with it. Without going into detail, there were times I thought Mason was going to lose his breath from the mucus that was coming up from coughing, sneezing, and vomiting. However, despite all of his symptoms and troubles he was having, he just pressed on, without complaint. There was never a cry of frustration from not being able to breathe, or of discomfort from the constant coughing, sneezing, and the vomiting on his parents (funny but true…haha!). I know he’s only a month old and he most likely doesn’t even understand what is even going on, but he does know when he’s uncomfortable and he does know when he is in pain. The only crying he was giving us, was when he was hungry. Watching Mason deal with his cold so bravely and without complaint caused me to look into my own life and to how I live. How often do I complain about something that doesn’t go my way? When I’m sick and tired? How long have I been allowing Fear to control my life?
The same blind courage and faith that Mason has placed in Melanie and I, we have to place that same faith in God to get us through any situation we find ourselves in.
If you’ve read Chapter 1, you will remember that I talked about the meaning of the name, Mason, which is: “To strengthen or make strong with stone.” To take it a step further now, I also realized his middle name, Charles. This name, of German origin, means ‘brave’. Brave. Strong. I know even more now that Mason Charles Reid has the perfect name!