Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Old Bones Still Work

So, pushing 40 with a kid who's almost 2. You know what? I know it's been said in many places by many people but...

We too often forget the beauty of being a kid.

I spent a lot of time playing with the kid this weekend to give my wife a break and take advantage of the end of the summer weather (here in Kiev it's still warm but it is changing and the trees have already started to turn). We ran all over hell, climbed on top of everything, crawled through anything we could find, and just stopped to stare at shit sometimes.

He started walking through the grass and weeds that are taller than he is. If his mother was there she would have worried, because it is on a very steep hill that he could lose his balnce, that he would get too dirty, that he could hurt himself. Check on all counts. He lost his balance, fell into some tall grass and got dirty and banged his head on some devil grass getting a few red spots in his scalp. But, he didn't cry, he didn't complain, he just said boom, pulled himself up and continued. I got down on my knees to be at his level and, man, that hill looked big. The plants looked different being at eye level. It was interesting to have the bugs flying right past your head. It was cool when he fell one time and I decided to lay down next to him. We just laid there and watched the clouds flow by and the jets fly around.

Later, I joined him on the jungle jim. At first out of necessity because he was on a different one than his usual that isn't in very good shape. I wanted to be sure he wasn't going to fall from the height that this thing presented. After a few minutes, I found it was fun and all the kids running around were having a blast with an adult up there. In the end, the boy was so tired that, after coming off the jungle jim and running around a little bit more, he laid down on the sidewalk and stared at the sky. Time to go home.

We repeated ourselves a bit later after the sun had gone down to catch the moon coming up and see the lights over the city from our area. We saw fireworks going off all over the place. We saw a big moon, blood red as it broke the horizon. We saw the stars appear. We saw the planes coming up and out of Boryspol. Absolutely beautiful and it all is new when seeing it through his eyes.

Is you have a young child. Turn off, drop out, and try to be like him/her if only for one evening. It does bring some fresh perspective and may just help everything seem a little more positive. If for a little while.