Watching children learn is beyond incredible. It is simply amazing. The seemingly unimpressive and little but changing expressions on innocent faces reveal some deeply cerebral ideas and internal concepts being formed on the fly. Incredible, to say the least. A child naturally diving into the stream of human curiosity to instinctively drink and satisfy the thirst perpetuated by our very human quest for knowledge is one of the most positive aspects of our nature.
Children begin this existence of ours so very helplessly. It is, however, a tentative state. Soon they learn to make a few guttural sounds. They quickly move on discarding their comical squawks and squeaks for a much more profitable form of baby talk. They truck along on their hands and knees putting miles and miles of carpet behind them as they stand their way right into an instinctive ability to build ladders high enough to reach those items which are usually considered seriously off limits by their parents. It is the parents who must constantly adjust to the evolution.
Watching your own children grow is beyond precious. I have watched my own children evolve through all of the above … and so very much more.
Today my son set up a paleontological dig atop his desk in his room. He is slowly chipping away at a stone brick in search of the dinosaur bones encased within. He chips, so gently and so slowly. He brushes away the resultant dust and looks closely for signs of bones. He chips some more. It is awesome! It is an awesome thing to watch! I spent some time with my son and his wonderful dinosaur excavation lab. The time spent was priceless, to say the least. He is evolving, and so much. It is a precious and beautiful thing to watch. I am thankful.
Huge hat tip to the Smithsonian Institution for making toys for eight year old boys that aren’t video games.