Sunday, March 13, 2016

Children

I am so enjoying the grandparent experience.

I think the reason we grandparents are so in love with the experience is twofold. First, we have the opportunity to "parent" again, hopefully being better at it the second time than we were the first. And second, we are less busy and stressed at this point in our lives and that allows us to learn more easily from the children we are with. And they have so much to teach us.

My grandchildren are all amazing. Each one, just like all children everywhere, is full of promise. Each has talents waiting to burst out of them. And what fun it is to watch them explore the world and people around them. I am struck by their lack of self-consciousness, and the high level of their self confidence. They think they can conquer the world. They don't care what they look like, or sing like, or dance like-they simply love everything and everyone and their innocence is glorious.

It saddens me to know that somewhere along the line, and sadly it doesn't take long, someone will make them suddenly feel less sure of themselves. And perhaps make them question their abilities. And for sure someone will steal some of their joy by displaying the unseemly side of human nature in their presence. They'll learn to be skeptical, to know self-doubt, and experience fear. They won't be quite so innocent for long. Because that happens to all of us.

But I'm learning to dance with abandon and sing with glee and just simply enjoy every minute of life. It's easy when I'm with them. Because they don't judge. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be so?

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