I have unshakable faith in children. They always show me the way. ♥

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

little mountains...

Years ago I had a little girl that was on the playground, sitting on the bench and looking at her fingers.

"Look, Miz F," she told me, putting the tips of her pointer fingers and thumbs together. "When I do this, it makes a little diamond."

We talked about that for a long while, looking through the little diamond to see what we could see, even convincing some other kids to try it in the process.

What I took away from that experience (other than glee) was a reminder of how young children, almost above anything else, notice things. They are experts at it. They notice with their ears, their eyes, with how things feel, how they taste... anything. Everything.

I was reminded of this again today while walking back inside from recess. We were taking a short cut across the field when Rubiah turned to me and said,

"It's really bumpy under my feet. Like little mountains."

As I walked, I could feel what she meant. It has gotten a lot colder, so the ground is much harder than it used to be. Under my feet I could feel bumps and little ups and downs.

"It does feel like little mountains, doesn't it?" I said. "I wonder what it would feel like to a bug or an ant..."

"Probably like big mountains!"

How wonderful to hear such unique six year old insight into things. I love being reminded how interesting and intricate their minds are. ♥


jenn said...

I love how kids minds work. This morning, I ran outside to warm my car up and Hogan followed me to the door. It's FREEZING here, and he hates to wear hats. As soon as he got into the open doorway though, he wrapped his arms around himself and said "ooooooooohhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! HAT!"

I love seeing that connection for him, to be cold and know how he wants to fix it.

Anywhoodle. I love kids' brains.

your cousin L said...

this one made me tear up, lady! kids ARE amazing. i wish i dealt with them more often in venues other than serving them pizza.