The Joy of Childhood Innocence

little-girl-picking-dandelionsPat, a high school friend of mine, sent me an e-mail today that made me smile:

I overheard Isabelle, the four-year-old little neighbor girl, who was finally able to climb up on the swingset and swing by herself, singing at the top of her lungs: ” I can swing by myself; it’s the best day ever. It is spring and it is beautiful; and I can swing by myself.”  So much joy! 

Ah, if only we all could find such joy in life’s ordinary moments! It reminds me of another little girl, my friend Leslye’s niece. Leslye said her little niece woke up, walked to the window, looked out, and gasped:

It’s a brand new day!

As a proud father, I’d like to add one more Cub Quote to the mix. When my daughter, Erin, was eight years old, she and my visiting sister were sleeping in a bed downstairs at my mom’s house. My sister, Cyn, was trying to sleep but Erin kept wriggling around. Cyn told her to settle down and Erin said:

I’m just so excited about being alive!

Hurrah for the beauty and sweetness of children!



KIDS SAY THE PROFOUNDEST THINGS!

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THE JOY OF CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE

KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS ABOUT GOD!






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6 Responses to “The Joy of Childhood Innocence”

  1. Kate Says:

    What wonderful quotes! Seeing the world through children’s eyes is one of the greatest gifts any person could receive. Children can teach us much about keeping the joy within our adult selves alive.

    I’m reading a book that is aimed at parents which I recommend for anyone who has children in their lives: The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five steps to help kids create and sustain lifelong joy. Edward M. Hallowell is the author. It talks about that sense of wonder and joy children have and how love and connection, above all else, will give children the best chance of growing up to be happy, resilient adults.

    Thanks, Phil.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks, Kate! I know that you’re passionate about this subject and have already made a difference in many children’s lives . . . including ours!

  3. Cyn Says:

    Phil, let’s not forget your own daughter to remind us to be happy. I’m not sure how old she was when she was lying in the hide-a-bed with me (her adoring Auntie) at Mom’s and she just kept wiggling and fidgeting and I finally asked her why she couldn’t settle down, and your little peanut answered, “I’m just so excited about being alive!”

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Right you are, Noncat! I just added that story to the post!

  5. Deb Reilly Says:

    Wow.

    My great-nephew is 3 1/2, and is sorely missing out on the joy he deserves. His parents are messily separated, and not putting Jordan first. I don’t know if she’ll read it, but Kate, I’m going to get the book you suggested for my niece.

    Thanks Phil and Kate.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Best of luck, Deb. It’s heartbreaking to hear of parents who do not put their children ahead of their own concerns in situations like this.

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