Monday, March 10, 2014
Taking instructions from a five year old....
Spending a day with the grandchildren is like just getting a little slice of their life. I really don't know how Tim and Gwen do this day after day. I know that once-upon-a-time I did that same kind of running around and rushing getting the kids off to school. But that was for 2 kids - not 4. But they do a great job. What struck me today, is how fast the kids are growing and changing. Even when I see them every week, they seem more and more grown up. So I loved it when a very "grown up" five year old Ellie, offered to show me how to use the playdo set. And then she gave me step by step instructions on how to make an alien out of playdo. (Apparently Lia had shown Ellie how to do this yesterday). Needless to say, mine didn't turn out exactly like Ellie's, but she assured me it was just fine!
There is something about being the student rather than the teacher that is so freeing. I did not have to worry about anything. There were no lesson plans, no time restraints, no other kids to think about. I loved that Ellie wanted to show me the video on the IPad so that I could see exactly what to do. And I especially loved that it was just so much fun.
I think that it would be good for all adults to take a little bit of time to just play with a five year old. And listen to a two year old tell you all about their day. And hold a precious little baby. And then hear all about the excitement of a 2nd grader who got a special award today for knowing all of her addition facts up to 10's! It is a sure prescription for lowering your blood pressure, easing your stress and making you smile!
Jesus, thank you for family and fun. Holy Spirit, thank you for speaking through little children and showing me the benefits of being the learner rather than the teacher. Jesus help us all to take time to be a bit like children. Give us the courage to let go of our adult mindset and the desire to experience life with the wonder of children. Amen