Monday, September 9, 2013

Lessons we can learn from little children


The other morning after breakfast, I threw open all the windows and started doing laundry while the boys played for a bit.  I started over-hearing a conversation between the boys with one of our neighbors who was waiting for the bus.  Afterwards, Charlie told me that his friend left because he had to go to school.  Charlie made friends with someone over their mutual love of firetrucks...that was their topic of conversation, apparently.

A few months ago, I took Charlie to my sister Sarah's dance recital.  During one of the 7 year old ballet dances, Charlie pointed to one of the girls and said, "I like that girl".  The girl he was referring to was wearing a pair of sweet little glasses, and was a little plumper than the others.  I teared up because Charlie's sweet, tender heart connected with the girl with the "cool glasses".

Whenever the boys are at the playground, they play with anyone and everyone.  It doesn't matter what age they are, what color they are, what they look like, or what they're wearing...they connect with anyone who makes them feel good about themselves.

I thought about this quote from a member of the Primary General Presidency, when she said, "If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual grown."  (See full talk here)

Wouldn't we all be so much better off if we took on these wonderful child-like attributes?  I'm grateful that I have the best little examples of this around me every single day.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I got in a few naps in, which was incredible! :-)
Linking up with Funday Monday.

24 comments :

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

YES! I try to view the world through the eyes of a child all the time. Sometimes I get caught up in adult nonsense and remind myself that things are so much simpler than they appear when we stop worrying about the nonsense. Love this post. And I love that little ones are totally judgement free and unconditionally loving.

TheTinyHeart said...

The world would definitely be a better place if all the adults in it were as unbiased as young children!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Velva said...

There is so much to learn from children. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

Velva

Kayla Peveler said...

Oh sweet Charlie, this just makes my heart flutter. Your boys are just the sweetest, honestly. I love this post!!! :)

Caroline said...

This reminds me of a story that one of my favorite teachers told me a few years ago - she said that when her son was in kindergarten, his best friend was African American while he was white. And one day, out of curiosity, my teacher asked her son "are there any differences between you and your friend?" And he thought for such a long time and could only say "He wears glasses and I don't... and his favorite shirt is yellow, and mine's not." We really do need to learn from the children - their purity is something to work towards!

Helene in Between said...

oh my goodness that is so sweet!! and so true, we really could learn some lessons on acceptance from kids.

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

This is adorable, I wish more people approached the world with the innocence of a child!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Sam M said...

That is so wonderful, and I totally agree, if we could just play with everyone who wanted to play with us, then people would be nicer and happier.

RoselyC said...

What a great post. :)

Katie said...

that is so sweet. i'm sure they are learning quite a bit of that from you :)

India said...

great post!

Megan said...

Children are so sweet and innocent. I wonder where it changes. When do we stop seeing the world through a child's eyes?

Tyne Swedish said...

I love talking to my niece and nephews...their views on things are just so untarnished. Also I love that I come to your blog after going to mass yesterday and Father Guy's sermon was on remaining childlike and in a state of wonderment when regarding faith. He said how children see monkey bars as different things (spaceship, castle, etcs...) daily at recess. How we too need that wonderment with faith. :-)

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Wesley said...

Love this post! I was actually thinking a lot about this yesterday after church. So, so true.

Chelsea Mac said...

I love how innocent and unaffected children are! It is so lovely to witness something so pure and such a great lesson to us adults. Your boys are simply fantastic!

Ragan said...

such a precious and heartwarming little story. you have the most handsome boys :)

Heidi said...

What sweetie pies you have! This is why I love my side job, nannying. I don't really need to do it. But I love it so much and it's good for me and my heart. :)

Head to Toe Chic said...

They are such good examples :) The world though the eyes of children is definitely so amazing!

xo,
Angela

Rebecca Barnes said...

This is so sweet :)

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

This is all so perfect Ashley, so perfect.

Samantha (at) Life Style Love said...

Wow those little boys are such good reminders!

I was just talking about this with my brother's fiance because we both have 2 good friends from 1st grade and we were talking about how, although we've lost touch a bit through the years, it still feels like the best friendship when we get together. This has got to be because if you choose to be somebody's friend when you're 6 years old, you are choosing for no other reason other than that you truly enjoy, like, and connect with the person. Things just get so much more complicated in high school and even adulthood.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh, this is so sweet. It's amazing how much we can learn from the sweetness and openness of children. :)

rooth said...

Awww Charlie... he's making my heart swell

Colleen said...

yes 100%! I always love listening in on my two when they are chatting. it's one of the best things in the world.

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