Finding Yourself at Four: A post inspired by Shot@LifeDresden Shumaker
This post is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation that educates, connects and empowers the championing of vaccines as one of the most cost effective ways to save the lives of children in the world’s hardest to reach places.
When I was four years old my dramatic flair was really blossoming. I started telling anyone who asked that I was going to be a movie star. My son, W, has been four for several months now and he has decided that when he grows up he will be a combination cat doctor/ baby doctor/garbage truck driver.
This makes absolute sense for him, in a world where all things are possible. In a world where he is four. Being four means becoming the master of all things, the immediate expert, the fearless warrior, the brave instigator. For my son, being four means a new discovery about himself hourly.
“Mama! I just tried that melon and guess what?! I LIKED IT!”
“Mama! Look what I can do! I can climb the stairs backwards!”
Being four is my favorite. So far.
W has opinions about everything. He has questions about most things. He is concerned about people he meets, strangers, other families at the grocery store. We talk about the financial evolution our family has made from poverty and being homeless to now being in a place of more stability and security. We talk about what happens when Moms or kids get sick. We talk about taking care of our bodies with good food, exercise, plenty of sleep, and regular wellness visits with our doctors.
Since W has a lot to say I decided to interview him about being four. He never stops surprising me.
One of the things I learned from working in Hollywood was to always look for the information after the comma. In the entertainment industry it was important for me to see who a person was beyond Name comma profession. One of my favorite actresses with a great string of commas is Amanda Peet. Actress, wife, mother, activist. Amanda, mom to Frankie and Molly, is the Every Child by Two’ Vaccine Ambassador to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
This month she will be traveling to Africa to see the vaccine work of the United Nations. Currently there is a polio outbreak in the Horn of Africa. Many governments and partnerships with governments are working to stop the outbreak and eradicate polio and measles. They are also working on ways to prevent pneumonia.
Amanda will be sharing more about this in her post tomorrow!
What does four look like in your family?
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