Long since I’ve been friends with children, and now as a mother, I have admired their innate ability to harness the power of their imagination. Their fearless observations and uninhibited ability to speak freely and speak often, mingling fantasy with lore. They mesh our reality with their own versions of reality.
Observations as they see them, like nothing we could dream up if we tried.
Their sweetness and their most often amusing way of expressing themselves is something to be admired. We can learn from these little people. Not always. But more often than you might think.
The one thing that is a guarantee: when a toddler shares daily nuggets of wisdom with you, it is a good time. Amidst the melt-downs, the sauce, the constant questioning of why … our children come up with some real gems.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this, which spawned the idea from one of my lovely editors to do this very piece. The submissions I have received run the gamut. I was most touched by my mid-wife friend Carolyn Sinclair. She chose to share some select journal entries from her mother who passed on last year. Her mother, Margaret Sinclair, had published a book — a collection of quotes she had meticulously journaled over the years from when Carolyn and her brothers were children. When she died, she left Carolyn and her family 500 pages of memories and dozens of amazing slide-shows.
From Carolyn’s email, “These are such incredible keepsakes, and are now the things I turn to so that Ben (Carolyn’s baby boy), can have a glimpse of the woman she was. My mom really gave me something to aspire to. I now encourage all of my friends to document these things because you think you will remember every funny, adorable and ridiculous thing they say and do, but memories fade over time. It’s so nice for others to be able to enjoy them.
I will be forever grateful to my mom for her writing. I can hear her voice so clearly in it, and some days that’s exactly what I need.”
Introducing – Toddler Speak: 1st Edition…
Top Image Courtesy: Jonathan Davis
If you are interested in submitting for the 2nd Edition of Toddler Speak, send your own (toddler’s) golden nuggets of wisdom, tom foolery, and sweetness (along with a picture) to: email@example.com
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