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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A lesson from a three-year-old

On Sunday, Kev and I had the pleasure of eating with friends Matt, Alissa and their two little ones. We coerced good behavior out of the kids by promising them they'd get to see the doggy after dinner.

We enjoyed a leisurely meal of pizza on the floor, forks on the floor, juice all over the place and some noodles in actual bellies instead of laps. It was very entertaining.

After cleaning up and hosing down the kids, we packed everybody up and headed to the PH to pick up the dog. She was ecstatic to be joining us, which still feels like an understatement, even with italics.

With the kids in the double stroller and Maddie strapped in her harness, we enjoyed a fantastic walk at the parkway. The sun was getting low behind the trees so we walked without being blinded. The bugs hadn't come out yet so we walked without being eaten. We also walked with minimal crying from dog and children.

In the big clearing by the playground, we decided to torture the oldest of the kids and make him sit still while we chatted with other friends also walking the parkway. He could see those slides taunting him across the field and just couldn't handle it. After a few unsuccessful minutes of trying to interest him in the dog again, he and I walked hand-in-hand across the slightly soggy field and headed to the slides.

As we got closer, we broke into a run and he just laughed as we raced to the playground. When we arrived, he headed straight for the stairs and then stood uncertainly at the top of the slide. He got distracted by the bigger kids until I reminded him to actually use the slide instead of just staring at it. He laid flat as a board and slid so fast down the first slide that he landed in a pile of dirt at the bottom. Regardless of the rough landing, he got up and ran back to the stairs to go again.

It's what we all should do, really. Stop to appreciate what's going on around us. Listen to inspiration that's trying to keep us on track. Then we should just throw ourselves into our endeavors, whatever they may be. And even if we fall flat the first time (or two), we should just get up and try again.


  1. What insight you have from being around Beckett. That is awesome. I wish I could see more of that while I watch him play.

  2. this is a great post. little kids are so wise beyond their years, and they don't even know it!

  3. I love this post! Great insight.


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