stretch

i came across these photos yesterday and fell in love with them all over again.  this is cade again.  i have about a thousand photos of cade, but for some reason i really love these.  as i sat and stared at this little peanut, it hit me.  it is a picture of him doing what he was made to do: stretching.  as we all know, babies are born doing a few things, they have some built in instincts.  they eat, they sleep, they cry and they stretch.  they do some other things too, sure, but these four things, a baby can choose when and how.  the thing about this stretch in this photo is, it is so full on, there is nothing halfway about this stretch.  you can see it in his face and hands and legs even, he has decided to and he is- 
s t r e t c h i n g. 
he is both causing and responding to growth in his own little body.  that is truly amazing to me.  and because i love definitions, i looked it up–

stretch:
1. to draw out or extend (oneself, a body, limbs, wings, etc.) to the full length or extent
2. to extend, force, or make serve beyond the normal or proper limits
3. to extend, spread, or place (something) so as to reach from one point or place to another
4. to hold out, reach forth, or extend

so we are born with this instinct to extend ourselves and force ourselves beyond our normal limits, to reach from one point to another, to reach forth.  eating, sleeping, crying, they make sense, we have to eat and sleep to live, and when you’re a baby, crying is a good way to let somebody know that you need to eat or sleep.  stretching though is different.  there doesn’t seem to be much information on the why of it.  i can only assume that we are born stretching because it helps us grow.  i can only assume that newborns stretch because God thought it a good illustration for us.  i can only assume that we should all always be extending Stretch
ourselves and forcing ourselves beyond our normal limits, reaching from one point to another, reaching forth. 

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