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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Us and them No. 1

Sunny at breakfast time, overcast by aperitivo time, chucking it down by supper.

In the last four years or so of being a mother (read under-glorified cleaner, cook, personal hygeine supervisor, language and motor skills tutor, and chauffeuse), I've come to believe that the difference between adults and children is not just a matter of quantity - number of years, shoe size, number of brain cells irrevocably damaged by caffeine, alcohol, Celebrity Big Brother... (strike through as appropriate) - but also of quality. If Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, children are from the Planet Zarquon, or somewhere thereabouts.


And yes, they come from Planet Zarquon trailing clouds of glory, as Wordsworth so beautifully put it. The glory is in the way they see things differently from we adults. The way they see the magic in everything, the magic and the potential. Us and Them is a series of quotes from the little Zarquonites in our midst that help us as adults see another side to the story.



So here is Us and Them No. 1 :



On a walk along Cannobio's lakeside marina in the Sunday afternoon sunshine, Mama spots a couple of plastic bottles bobbing about in the water, and she says in a pedagogical kind of way, "Ugh, trash!".



AJ replies, "But, Mama, maybe there's a message in one of them"...

6 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

I love the romance of possibility in a response like that. :)

Chairman Bill said...

Fairy bobbers? Gnome boats? Mermaid decorations?

ladyfi said...

I do love the imaginative way kids see the world and hope never to lose some of that magic.

KatyB said...

Message in a bottle. Nice story.

Louise said...

A propos of a.) the way children see the world and b.) making use of plastic water bottles, take a look at this interesting article : http://sloanreview.mit.edu/special-report/2009/04/07/how-resource-constraints-spark-creativity/

Mrs B said...

I read the letter in the link below yesterday. Read this entry in your blog today. Connected the two and wanted to share, even at the risk of going too deep. Read it as how it is about how we as adults should delight in the child view but also look at how we should take that into making the most of what we are about. Basically - keep up the great sharing of AJ's and B's views and us adults can hopefully pass it on to other folk whatever age!!
http://oldbury.2day.ws/oldbury/section/MonthlyLetterfromtheVillages/30202498

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Us and them No. 1

Sunny at breakfast time, overcast by aperitivo time, chucking it down by supper.

In the last four years or so of being a mother (read under-glorified cleaner, cook, personal hygeine supervisor, language and motor skills tutor, and chauffeuse), I've come to believe that the difference between adults and children is not just a matter of quantity - number of years, shoe size, number of brain cells irrevocably damaged by caffeine, alcohol, Celebrity Big Brother... (strike through as appropriate) - but also of quality. If Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, children are from the Planet Zarquon, or somewhere thereabouts.


And yes, they come from Planet Zarquon trailing clouds of glory, as Wordsworth so beautifully put it. The glory is in the way they see things differently from we adults. The way they see the magic in everything, the magic and the potential. Us and Them is a series of quotes from the little Zarquonites in our midst that help us as adults see another side to the story.



So here is Us and Them No. 1 :



On a walk along Cannobio's lakeside marina in the Sunday afternoon sunshine, Mama spots a couple of plastic bottles bobbing about in the water, and she says in a pedagogical kind of way, "Ugh, trash!".



AJ replies, "But, Mama, maybe there's a message in one of them"...

6 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

I love the romance of possibility in a response like that. :)

Chairman Bill said...

Fairy bobbers? Gnome boats? Mermaid decorations?

ladyfi said...

I do love the imaginative way kids see the world and hope never to lose some of that magic.

KatyB said...

Message in a bottle. Nice story.

Louise said...

A propos of a.) the way children see the world and b.) making use of plastic water bottles, take a look at this interesting article : http://sloanreview.mit.edu/special-report/2009/04/07/how-resource-constraints-spark-creativity/

Mrs B said...

I read the letter in the link below yesterday. Read this entry in your blog today. Connected the two and wanted to share, even at the risk of going too deep. Read it as how it is about how we as adults should delight in the child view but also look at how we should take that into making the most of what we are about. Basically - keep up the great sharing of AJ's and B's views and us adults can hopefully pass it on to other folk whatever age!!
http://oldbury.2day.ws/oldbury/section/MonthlyLetterfromtheVillages/30202498