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Childlike (Not Childish)

Monday, September 21, 2015

On a recent trip, my husband and I walked to a favorite restaurant for lunch. Turns out there was a street fair going on on the street where the restaurant was located. Our table was at the window so we could see the children's area. A lot of straw (hay? - I don't know the difference but I've been told there is one) was scattered around that area of the street and there were John Deere tractor type bikes for children to ride. I spent at least ten minutes watching a small boy and girl, who looked enough alike to perhaps be twins, play with the straw and a couple of buckets. The boy filled his bucket with straw and then dumped it over his head. Both he and the girl laughed hilariously. The the girl did the same with her bucket. Then she filled her bucket again and dumped the straw over the boy's head. More laughter. So he filled his bucket and tossed straw in her hair. No letup in the laughter.

They had such fun with such simple "toys". It made me think that it's good to "unplug" and look for the fun in simple things. I'm not a big fan of flinging straw or having it dumped on my head [smile] but taking pleasure in the acorns which are all over the place all of a sudden, picking some up and admiring their simple beauty - what a way to slow down, appreciate a small, often-overlooked part of nature. That's nice. I resolve to try to be more childlike, to find pleasure in small things, and to slow down more and appreciate my surroundings.
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    Another good reminder, no matter how long ago it was written.
    178 days ago
    What a beautiful blog. Thank you for an important reminder!

    2101 days ago
  • JOANN25
    In our busy world of 2015, we all forget to enjoy the simple things. We need to watch children more often to come back to this reality. Most do not have to have the most intricate or expense toys on the shelves. They just enjoy playing with whatever is available. I worked with special needs children for several years. One child in particular was in love with boxes...putting them on his head, crawling in them, going in and out, etc. The simple things are important to our reality. Let's not forget that.
    2103 days ago
    I have always had an awareness of the importance of keeping the childlike qualities.
    2103 days ago
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