Cheshire Grins and Sparkling Eyes
My neighbors’ two little boys and their cousin rode up with me on the elevator. They are about 9 – 11 years old. The eldest boy told me that we were going up in orbit. I said well only to the 11th floor. He then explained that the people on the 13th floor are aliens. They wear earrings; have green skin, and some other alien oddities. His brother after listening to this said I’m the only one in the family. I replied that imagination is a good thing. Then naturally alien spotter said imagination makes you smarter. We parted ways at 11th floor orbit and I promised them to keep the secret about the alien beings on the 13th floor. I’d better keep an eye on those folks up there. Kids. Gotta love them.
Parents invest in your child’s imagination. These kids (they have an older sister in high school) have wonderful parents. The Father makes extra time for all his children. They are blessed to be in a two parent household but Dads even if you aren’t with your child’s mother be there for the kids. Men take a stand. It makes a difference. When I see those little boys I see future scientists, researchers, doctors, educators, historians, lawyers. Just because some of us live in the ‘hood’ does not mean the ‘hood’ has to be in our children. Every day I thank God for my parents. They invested in my brother and me. Edward & Mable Palmer blessed us and we are the living legacy.
I look forward to hearing more about the attributes and adventures of the aliens on the 13th floor. As a child my brother had imaginary friends. My parents left well enough alone and he grew out of it. It’s very important to listen to our children’s dreams, hopes, desires, and fantasies.
BTW, the 3rd little boy, probably the brothers’ cousin was grinning like a Cheshire cat, as my Dad used to say. His little eyes were sparkling and he was filled with joy. Sometimes all kids want adults to do is just hear, listen and be open minded. Let the kids be free and see what they come up with.
Years ago there used to be a TV show called “Kids Say the Darndest Thing.” I believe the host was Art Linkletter or Allen Funt. Anyway Mr. Linkletter or Mr. Funt would interview kids or ask children their opinions on specific topics. The answers the little ones gave were hilarious and sometimes filled with innocent wisdom.
King James Version (KJV)
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
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