The little girl never knew how small and vulnerable she was. She lived in a world that seemed to her both vast and uncomplicated, immense in scale and minute in detail. And all this within herself, coexisting in perfect balance. For a long time she never saw a problem with this arrangement. The boldness of innocence swept her along past the mirrors of social acceptability.
Small things were just as weighty as those considered large. A grain of sand was a mountain waiting throughout eternity to meet her on a sunny summer day. A small smooth stone had patiently existed through countless sunsets for a moment of marvel in the palm of her hand.
And so, without being a partner in the scheme, she seemed to be okay. No need for raucous hilarity, pious solemnity or cataclysmic despair. There was air to breathe and poetry to write and birds that sang every morning. And then one unremarkable day the whispers came.
The gut level inkling that the previous rhythm had lost its place became a constant companion. Was it when the mean girl pulled her hair and followed her after school to taunt and tease? This mirror was, she thought, a fearful nuisance and if ignored it would surely go away. Which it did. The content of its incidence was so beside the point that it was hastily forgotten and never mentioned to anyone at home, shifting naturally out of the moment while in the same instant quietly present with her tormentors.
The mystery of transition is that it is always happening. At times rapidly, always an eternal event and sometimes difficult to perceive.
Tormentors abound obvious. Woe to those who pause to acknowledge and collapse exhausted and sad from the din of those who pester and annoy. Woe to those who ignore their attackers, waiting out the onslaught, all the while expecting to be jumped and beaten to the ground. The only question really, is, “Will I, should I fight back?” The answer will arrive when it is needed. Meanwhile, transition happens, continues unceasing and needing no help from anyone.
Little girls transition to bigger, older little girls. The world is still vast and minuscule, simple and complex, simultaneously filling up each living being. Continuance requires change. The transitory is always with us. Ignore it and it will not go away.