“Kids will find a way,” Northaven
II resident Betty Gordon muses, a
glimmer of mischief in her eye. Born in
Kansas City, Betty grew up under the
close watch of a lovingly protective
and strong-willed mother. Naturally,
this instilled in Betty both a sense of
caution and concern for safety. When
Betty’s neighboring playmate got
a new two-wheeled bicycle, Betty’s
mother was eager to protect her from
the risks of learning to ride a bike.
She forbid Betty from riding. But, as
Betty points out, kids will find a way.
Despite her own trepidations about learning this new skill, Betty and her
friend headed a couple blocks away
and taught themselves how to ride.
Through this experience, Betty
learned a vital lesson that enabled her
to respond to the various challenges
of life with strength and grace.
“There will always be, and still
remain, that place of fear. You have to
fight it. Talk yourself out of it. I have
enough experience now to know that
this fear was instilled in me by my
mother. But she also taught me how to
respond to it. How to work through it.”
Though she no longer sneaks
off to ride bikes with her neighbor,
Betty retains her youthful spark,
fortified with the knowledge of how to
confront whatever fear may surface.