My littlest boy, Ryder, is 2 1/2 going on 14. He honestly believes with all his heart and soul that he is as big as everybody else, and can do what everyone else can do. He speaks in a gruff, no nonsense voice. He will tell you where to go and what for, even if he doesn’t know you from Scooby Doo. He believes, fully, that he has something to say that needs hearing.
Often, he really does.
Ryder never ceases to amaze me with his uncannily observant take on the world around him. Truth be told, I think we could all learn a thing or two from being two.
My little guy’s most recent words of wisdom came at the pool. He walked right up to a 5ish year-old girl, whom he’d never met, and said, “Hey, what tricks do you know?”
Now, I ask you, can you think of a better way to break the ice?
He cuts right to the heart of the matter, doesn’t he? Not, “where do you go to school,” or “what’s your stance on the war in Iraq,” or even, “what’s your name?” Just a simple, “What do you know that’s worth sharing? How can I learn from you?”
I have been thinking on that for days now.
In a year when I have learned so much about what it means to be a friend, I think he’s got it right. I only hope that I can help my boy, and his brothers, hang on to this kind of simplicity.
Come into relationship open to learning from people, be eager to listen, and you will walk away wiser.
Why do I sometimes think that my children are teaching me far more than I could ever teach them?