Saturday, September 28, 2013

Childhood with Sprinkles on Top

“Play is the highest form of research.” 
― Albert Einstein

I am always pondering the lives of my children. The fact that they are growing right before my very eyes. The fact that I love, with every part of me, to see them grow and change. It makes me happier than I ever could've dreamed. But, at the same time I don't ever want them to grow up.

It's confusing.

But, one thing I am sure of, is I want them to be happy. I want them to feel free. I don't want to dampen their precious little spirits. I want them to soar like the birds and swim far and free like the fish. I want them to smile and laugh as if there was never a care in the world. I want everything for them. I want them to have a perfect childhood.

It's far from perfect, but I think it is pretty dang good. I have thought many times that I wish every child born into this world was as loved as my children are. Were taken care of and cherished as Londyn and Trip are. Sometimes life is not fair.

I know as a mother I have moments where I am on top of the world. Hitting it out of the park… and I love those moments. I have moments where I feel the opposite. There are moments when my children are having the time of their lives and it is so simple. They don't require a lot to be happy.

The other night Londyn and Trip went through a whole jar of (previously) unopened sprinkles. They laid on the floor and laughed and smiled and ate sprinkles. They didn't bicker or fight or grab. I don't believe sugar is good for them, but it was too perfect to stop it. They were in Heaven and that is what we are trying to create in our home… a piece of Heaven on earth.

Here's to all of us trying our best to create little bits of Heaven in our homes. 
 “Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.” 

“Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it's always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.” 
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife

 “Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?” 

 “Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” 

 “The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood [p. 53]” 

1 comment:

  1. Great philosophy. I want to be more free with letting them just have fun, even if it means a mess!