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Kids can be ‘incredible’
I think kids are incredible — don’t you?
I love their energy, innocence, and their where-in-the-world-did-you-come-up-with-that ideas. Toss in their laughter, imagination, and transparency to be just who they are, and you’ve got one incredible person who will one day do very incredible things.
A couple of weeks ago I flew a few states over to visit two incredible kids: My “grandgirls.” The youngest is 6-months-old and cute as a button. The oldest is a 3-year-old. She’s cute as a button, too. She doesn’t call me Grandma; she calls me “My Friend.”
“I’m going to play soccer with My Friend. Then I’m going to make a pink cake with purple frosting with My Friend,” she bragged to her parents.
I think she’s incredibly charming — don’t you?
We ventured to a nearby park. We swung Double Dutch to the moon and touched the sky with our feet.
“Go higher!” she shouted. I loved her contagious belly laugh.
I think kids have an incredible zest for fun.
Then a little boy unabashedly approached her. “Do you wanna play?”
So they did.
I think kids are incredible at making friends.
When we finally left the park I carried her piggy-back. She wiggled and tried to hold her stuffed Captain Uniqua with her left hand while barely grasping my neck with her right.
“Don’t lean back — I might drop you,” I warned.
“Like this?” She leaned back.
“Yes — like that!”
I think kids are incredibly unafraid.
In the evening her parents left for a date night.
“Me and My Friend are having a sleepover!” she informed them.
We also read a pile of books. You’ve been around kids, so you know how it works; we read each one. Again.
I think kids are incredibly smart at stretching their bedtimes.
When it was time to kiss my grandgirls goodbye at the airport, I gently rubbed their cheeks once more before closing the car door. Bet you’ve done something like that, too.
Then it occurred to me on the flight home: Kids can give us a new take on life — if we let them. They give us their energy, innocence, and their where-in-the-world-did-you-come-up-with-that ideas. They toss in their laughter, imagination, and transparency to be just who they are. And one day, they will do very incredible things.
I think kids are incredible - don’t you?
Judy Halone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.