Depeche Mode had it right back in the 80s: People are people.
No matter the language we speak, our culture, or the color of our skin, people are people. Deep down inside, we’re all really the same type of person: we love our kids, and want the best for them. The kids are the same too: they’re silly, creative, misbehaving, demanding, and cute.
I’ve just had an amazing stay in Reykjavik, Iceland this weekend as a part of Team Diabetes. My wife and ran her first ever half marathon, and we had a nice 5 day recharge away from the kids.
Still .. every shop we visited, we immediately looked for kids’ gear. We sighed over every child that walked by with their parents. And we realized something along the way – kids are kids and parents are parents no matter where you go.
I started making a list of things that I saw in Reykjavik that I see back home and everywhere I’ve been:
- Kids are obsessed with Sponge Bob Square Pants, Spider-Man, and Angry Birds
- Kids will have a tantrum when they don’t get chocolate milk
- Kids love hotdogs (actually everyone does)
- Kids will chase and scream after birds
- Kids love balloons
- Kids will hold hands with their kindergarten class walking down the street
- Parents will piggy back their younger kid while the tired old one rides in the buggy they’re too small for
- Kids will dress like superheroes for no reason other than it’s Saturday
- Kids will beg for soothers even though they’re too old for them
- Parents will overload their pram/stroller for a day out in the city
- Kids love bouncy castles
- Kids will pick up up handfuls of grass to make it rain in the park or trying to feed it to the dog
- Parents will drag their kids up a mountain to pick wild blueberries, and the kids will be more interested in throwing rocks
- Parents will dress their kids in exactly the same stripey shirt even though they’re not twins just because it’s cute
I saw all of that over the course of a few days walking through Reykjavik. The kids here were just like our kids, the parents just like you and I. There was, however, one big difference – not an ugly kid in the bunch. Iceland is the land of beautiful people (and kids).
The next time you travel to another country, watch the parents and watch the kids. It will give you a great sense of understanding that they’re just like us; the world is a much smaller place
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