This weekend, Parke and I took Gracie to her very first Clemson football game. Well, we didn't quite make it to the football, but Gracie had a blast running all over the place while we did some tailgating. She was full speed ahead and Parke and I spent most of the time chasing after her.
At one point, Gracie found a dog. She LOVES dogs and ran right over to get a closer look. The dog, on the other hand, was not quite as pleased to see Gracie. Parke grabbed her just in time. Watching all of this happen, I found myself with tears in my eyes- because this is what kills me about being a mom.
See, I want there to only be sweet, loving dogs in Gracie's world. Dogs who, when she gleefully squeals "DAWG" with her groggy southern drawl, run over and give her a million kisses. Because right now, that is all she knows. I want there to be only good dogs in Gracie's world the same way I want there to only be good people. Because right now, that is all she knows.
But as her mother, that isn't my job. Most of life is very good, but as Gracie gets older, no matter how hard I try to stop it, she is going to encounter some bad. Bad dogs, bad people. My job is to prepare her for it, and then love her through it. Its a tough job.
For right now, though, I will do my best to protect her innocence. Because the best defense against bad is to know a whole lot of good.