I needed to run a few errands at the start of the week. Things I’d been putting off, but that had accumulated – popping to the bank, buying a few bits that I’d run out of, standing in the post office queue, nothing thrilling. We don’t visit our local town centre all that often, certainly not as much as I used to when Boo was younger. We’ve got out of the habit, and if we’ve free time, we opt for more exciting trips out than this! But, needs must, so off we went.
We were there for an hour or so, so not too long, but long enough to get a fair bit of fresh air and a change of scenery. While we were there, it struck me how the children could make any task or chore an adventure. They can turn the mundane into the magical, and it’s so wonderful to see and be drawn into their world. Little things, like a busker singing which had barely even registered with me, until Little Man started dancing in his pushchair and Boo started dancing about and skipping to it, too, to Little Man’s delight as he watched her, giggling…
The excitement of popping to the bakery for some cakes for our afternoon snacks – well, OK, I admit I might have been excited about this, with or without the kids! In the bank, paying the money in at the machines is like some sort of fun, high tech experience for them, as is paying for the car parking ticket at the machine, to cries of ‘can I do it, let me pay the money in, lift me up!’
And as always, there was book browsing, and eventually buying – Boo likes to ‘pay’ now, too, yet another exciting aspect to her excursion…
On our return home, they snacked on their cakes, and played happily for some time with the new, bargain Play Doh we’d picked up – just £2 for 4 big pots..
Such simple, little things. They can make pretty much anything fun and exciting, and it’s such a delight seeing the world through their eyes.
Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child by Ron Wild