There he stands, pausing on the edge of the step, ready to dip his feet into the water. The other kids are doing it, so why can’t he? After all, he’s just one of the kids.
But this is Paddy, cautious and resistant Paddy. He has fear of the unknown, fear of not knowing what to expect. He takes his time, he assesses the situation and analyses the potential danger surrounding him. He is not easily swayed to be like the others, to join in on their fun.
And that’s okay. I like that he is wary, that he doesn’t just do what everyone else does. I like that he is a play-it-safe kind of kid. It means I can breathe a little easier.
Not a whole lot, mind you, but a little.