Sometimes it’s easy to forget what it’s like to be a kid. We get so busy rushing around, stressing over paying bills and trying to keep the family routine running smoothly that we overlook the world from our child’s eyes.
I’ll admit, I’ve been on a tear lately trying to keep the house clean and dealing with a number of serious issues in my life. It seems as if on a daily basis I’ve been on my girls to clean up their Barbies that seem to have taken over the house. Every night I find plastic shoe bins, pieces to games and other things scattered around the room and it’s been making me crazy.
But last night the girls asked me if I would play Barbies with them. I suddenly realized that it’s been a long time since I’d done this. So they introduced me to the magical world they had created. The plastic shoe bins were actually different rooms for each doll and the various game pieces were being used as surf boards, beach umbrellas and drinking cups. They proudly presented me with my two Barbies and invited me to a party with the other dolls.
I sat in amazement realizing how fabulously active their imaginations were and the pure joy I felt being a part of their world. The “clutter” I had been nagging them to clean up was actually a magical world they had created.
So, for a few hours last night, I forgot about the pressures that were weighing me down and reveled in the simple happiness of a make-believe world. And before I lecture them again about cleaning up “a mess,” I’ll try to see if from their eyes.