Kid stuff. Kid stuff is very very good, isn't it? When I called our oldest granddaughter on her birthday, I asked if they were going to go to the fancy indoor swimming pool that night. CB said, "We are going today." It was around 4:30 PM when I called, but I realized that she does not tell time yet. So the day was still young. In a child's mind, the day is full of promise.
The cousins came to see Aria yesterday. She was spending the entire day with Bill and I.
We strolled (and rode in the wagon) down to the park.
Have you climbed on a swing lately? Swinging sort of makes my stomach churn, but look at THEM! They loved it!
I had so much fun with Aria. She chattered away, took a good nap, ate the dinner I made for her and had a joyful bath! Coming off many face-to-face parent/teacher conferences the day before, it was VERY refreshing to knit on the sofa while Aria played. My eleven-year old students are still children, too. I bet their parents want to put on the brakes. Soon they'll be teenagers. Our seven grandchildren are five years old and younger. The world belongs to the children, not the twenty-something hipsters. Don't you think we become more childlike as we grow older? The possibilities are certainly there. We begin to notice and appreciate the seasons more, we may go to bed earlier, and we don't care much for fashion. Is it just me?
I've been ordering different versions of Cinderella. I love the story, not because the underdog wins, but because Cinderella is tough AND kind. She's kind. I think kindness is the fruit of the Spirit I want most. It's a choice to be kind and being kind to children is a great privilege.
The illustrated letters that Beatrix Potter sent to children turned into stories enjoyed by generations. Kenneth Grahame told his stories to Mouse, his son, before publishing The Wind in the Willows. C.S. Lewis said, "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
This girl from Fat Brain toys, is on Pom Pom's wish list for Christmas. She's eighteen inches tall. I love the stitches on her apron and the length of her hair.
And she's very kind. Have you read the stories?
Children's stories, church Christmas programs, classic toys, little child size tables and chairs, jingle bells and angels. I'm theming my celebration of Christ's birth around childlike doings. "Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ~ Jesus
What do you think of a December blog party focusing on childlike doings? Would you participate? Do you want a childlike Christmas?