I am not sure about you. I admittedly did some weird stuff as a child and wondered why I am not embracing those laughable fun moments more often, apart from the obvious social restrictions of being over ten years old. I think I should.
Most weird moments started with adults and their suitably strange superstitions.
Picture this; a middle-aged child jumping on one leg, head tilted, hoping something would fall out of her ear. The reasoning behind this exercise was to remove the pip I swallowed. A burst of bellowing laughter followed the comment, “You swallowed a pip, and now a tree will grow from your ear” the laughter should’ve been a hint that statement was not to be taken literally. There lies a big gap between children and adults.
Various degrees of gullibility.
Then there is the stuff I should be encouraging more from my inner child, and that’s the sense of wonderment. Something to be nurtured until we are no longer above ground. Have you ever seen a child’s reaction to finding treasures on the beach? It is as close to unbridled delight as it’s possible to get. Children are in tune with the natural world around them in a way that we adults aren’t. Before the complexities and trivialities of life fill their heads, they see the world as it is: full of wonder.
In this simple yet profound way, we as children are far more competent at that than we are as adults.
Wonderment with Nieces
The nieces in the above photos have reached their teenage years and beyond; I hope they never lose their ability to always find wonderment in their lives going forward.