With three little guys in my family now that I see regularly I find myself exclaiming to others – I learn so much about life, from children! It’s not a new concept, Patti Digh writes about it in her short stories and Glennon Doyle Melton spoke about writing down children’s stories as they’re saying them to proclaim – look your a writer you just told your own story!
Like love, when you experience it, it’s a whole other ball game. It’s fun.
Recently I learnt that staying in your pyjamas for half the day and just playing is perfectly ok. Pyjamas are great for any activity! They require no explanation to why your in them, no approvals needed or permission slips. You can still be in your pyjamas after lunch? Of course, just play in your pyjamas!
Then it seems it’s perfectly ok to walk around half dressed like that’s what you intended to do, a great opportunity to wear a long pink shirt, in fact people are complimenting you and saying how cute you look!
Who am I really to burst the fashion bubble of a 3 year old and say – Where are the rest of your clothes? When really I’m learning a lot about letting go.
Recently I was in the kitchen and a conversation got brought up about the big green man in a little hand. The green hulk is still an attractive toy and story as is Star Wars and it wasn’t till later on that day I realised Chewee was actualy the character Chewbacka.
I listened while a talk about what the green hulk did, who he was, that he was part of Marvel and so on. I was still listening when Star Wars got brought up and continued past me saying I don’t really know much about it.
I realised that a four year old could be so intent in telling me about fictional characters in a story for a few minutes and have me listen that it became an elevator pitch.
No notes, no prep, just pitch it to whoever listens.
It sold and later that day some how I stayed awake throughout the whole of the new Star Wars movie.
Children are great teachers in unlearning.