I was playing with one of my friends at our favorite center, and we were having such a blast! Just talking and playing with the blocks (I believe), when we realized we were having too much fun. I remember looking at him and discussing the fact that we had to stop having fun, otherwise the time would go too fast and we wouldn't get to stay at that station long enough.
So this other 6 year-old and I sat there complaining about our favorite station, while playing- and tried to trick our minds into "not" having fun. And it worked, so for days we would do the same thing each time it came to that station...and eventually the teacher noticed. So during our reading station with her, the only real one-on-one time, she asked us to explain, and to our child minds it went something like this:
"We noticed that when we are having fun, we don't get to stay as long doing the fun stuff. So we pretend to not have fun so we can have fun longer..."
I can vividly remember so many things from that year-my best friend getting sick and being in the hospital for weeks, slumber parties with the teacher and some other students, kicking the boys on the playground with my Sunday shoes because they had pulled my hair the day before and I wanted to show them I could take care of my self, so after a few warnings and a few days of kicking they caught on...taking a line in the class skit, so one of my classmate's feelings wouldn't be hurt by the line he drew from the hat...but most vividly I remember the day we learned how to control time.
I still use it today. I have never driven a car with A/C, at least not for long. My first car's A/C went out two weeks after I bought it...and my second car's A/C went out as soon as summer started. So I used to roll down the windows, and sing my heart out. Not caring who saw me, or heard me-just having fun. So that where ever I was going, and however far I had to go would get there faster. Complaining only made it worse- so that was outlawed in my car.
And today I found myself stuck in time. Shi went back to school, and after a summer of going to the river almost daily, doing activities with him everyday, cooking with him, reading together, and playing games...I didn't know what to do with myself. My darling husband was here, and working...and he's a great distraction, but works has to get done. So what did I do?
I cranked on the music, and got to singing...went through some of the lil guys clothes, and toys, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned up the breakfast mess, made lunch...oh man...the I hit another wall.
I wonder how Shi's day is going...man if he was here we'd be hooked up to our DS's or playing Wii right about now...and time stopped. It felt like 3pm would never arrive, then I remembered; It is all about perspective, and I do have control. I got my motivation back, and in no time we were on our way to pick him back up.
He too said he had a long day-so we had a talk about how when we make our duties fun, the time flies by. I'm ready to try it again tomorrow...and so is he. But for this evening I was hoping the time would slow a bit so we could enjoy the first evening of the semester as a family.
I am still in awe of the wisdom in childhood...and am still learning from the wisdom that comes from innocence. With an open heart and an open mind we can learn so much from our kids...So Yoda is set, Shi is in his dreamworld, and I am reflecting on my life lessons for today.
Live in the rhythm of love...and share the bliss!