Children amaze me. I mean seriously I wish anything made me as excited as a bubble machine makes my son. Every time we pull it out Im afraid he is going to faint he gets so excited. I know I am supposed to be the one teaching him, but it gets clearer every day that he is the one really teaching me.
He blew my mind again just a few weeks ago in the most simple way. We took a family vacation to Colorado and found a train that would take you up into the mountains for breathtaking views. Jackson is train obsessed, I mean loves everything about them. So we knew we had to go. I was so excited for him to see a real train and experience the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.
What I found out was he couldn’t be less interested in the views, or most of the train for that matter. His favorite part? This ridiculous train hat we bought him for five bucks and screaming “choo chooooo” at the top of his lungs with his Pops. Oh and wearing a pair of blue sunglasses like Daddy.
The things that brought the most joy to my son were just being with his family and being silly. Why do I always feel like I have to do something extravagant to make him happy? I know I have done this to myself because he has always been perfectly content with the simple things. Example A- the box the toy comes in is always more exciting than the actual toy. Go figure.
So I guess my takeaway was to try and find happiness and joy in the simple things. All children have this gift, but somewhere on the road from childhood to adulthood, we lose it. I hope I can find a way to view the world with childlike wonder again, I think the world would be a happier place if we all could.