Two Takes on the Same Day

Kids are funny.  What I think I appreciate most about them is their total and utter honesty.  They don’t beat around the bush, they don’t gloss over things, and they certainly don’t hide their true feelings.

Case in point:  I’m walking to the train on Monday and my path takes me by a very nice, popular park with a children’s water playground in it.  As I’m approaching said park I come up behind a little girl, I’m guessing around 4, being pushed in a stroller by — and again here I’m guessing — her grandmother.  She’s going on and on telling her grandmother about the park that they are approaching:  “It’s just the most beautiful park in the world!  The water thingy is so much fun!  And there are these great swings and slides, and oh, I just love it so much!!”

I smile at her exuberance as I pass them going along my merry way.  Then at the entrance to the park there is a little boy, again I’m thinking he’s about the same age — 4, maybe 5 — in the throes of a total and utter meltdown!  As his mother is trying to talk some sense into him I hear him scream: “I just don’t feel like being pleasant today!!!”

Ah moods!  We’ve all got ’em, don’t we?!

Seems Logical To Me

So yesterday I went to the local branch of my bank to deposit a check.  I went inside and was immediately followed by a mother and a boy around 5 years old.  As I began to work my magic at the ATM machine, I overhear the following conversation between mom and child:

Child:  “Mom, what is that woman putting into the machine?”

Mom: “I think she’s making a deposit.”

Child: “What’s a deposit?”

Mom: “It’s when you put money in the machine that then goes to your bank account.”

Child: “Are we going to make a deposit?”

Mom: “No, we are waiting to take money out of the machine.  That’s called a withdrawal.”

Child: “We’re going to take money out of the machine?”

Mom: “Yes.”

Child:  “Why don’t we just trade with that lady?”

Gotta love the logic of kids!

Sometimes…Ya Gotta Dance!

This week, on a very cold, rainy day, my husband and I made out way to our first Chicago Cubs game.  It is late April and we are bundled up in long underwear, polar fleece, parkas, etc…  As we make our way down our street talking about if we are going to make it past the 3rd inning in this weather, I happened to glance across the street and immediately stopped short.  There, through the living room window of a lovely house, I spied my Quick Qi.  A little girl – I’m guessing she was about 3 – appeared twirling and dancing with such unbridled joy that her exuberance could be felt across the street.  But what made this unexpected moment even better was what she was wearing….. absolutely nothing!  She was totally naked and couldn’t be happier.  My husband and I went on our way chuckling and enjoyed 9 innings of fabulous, but very cold, Cubs baseball.  And we won!