Thursday, May 28, 2009

LOOKING THROUGH A CHILD'S EYES

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don’t know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, "Hi God!!! Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."

When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and clothes, and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach, or to learn from?

-Author Unknown-

4 comments:

Tiger said...

Hi MWS, I love watching the boys play. And as they construct something from nothing using their imagination.
It's truly something inspirational to watch.
You just have to ask them,"What is that?" and they'll tell you the most surprising things.

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Tiger,

Ah - the days of childhood - that of our own and our children are absolutely priceless. I remember the many magical moments I had with my cousins while role-playing and even pottering around with masak-masak.

As for my sons, I remember being amazed watching them create new structures/gadgets from Lego or LASY.

That is why I love this post because it reminds me so much of how our lives can be brighter and happier if only we looked at life through the eyes of a child...

You are lucky because your sons are still young...and I wish you and your wife many unforgettable moments with your boys.

Take care and God bless.

Murali said...

Wonderful..children are indeed the last frontier of sincerity, innocence and hope..

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Murali,.

Indeed - which is why I hope you will find the woman of your dreams and have a big brood one day :-)!!!

Take care and thanks for sharing!

Cheers