Red, Why, & BlueJuly 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Lollipop | 26 Comments
Tags: Children, Curiosity, Family, Fireworks, Fun, Growing Up, Holidays, Intelligence, Kids
In the spirit of American industriousness, we crammed as much as we could into our Fourth of July celebration. Two pool parties, a local craft festival, a fireworks show by the river, more hot dogs than anyone should ever eat, and juuuust the right amount of cookies.
Somewhere in there, we even found time for Lollipop and Giggles to have a short nap. So short, in fact, that we had to wake them up and fill them with sugar-laden energy-boosting apple juice to stay on schedule.
Husband and I divided and conquered, with him going for Giggles and me rousing Lollipop, who had crashed on the couch in her pink frilly nightgown and pink frilly tutu with her pink frilly blanket.
I sat down beside her and rubbed her back. Pushed a few stray hair out of her face. Tickled her elbows. “Time to get up. We’re going to see fireworks,” I said softly.
She opened her eyes and looked blankly through me for a moment. And then:
“Why are we going to see fireworks?”
“Where are they going to be?”
“Will there be green ones?”
As she finished the last question, her lashes began to droop, betraying her sweet, chipper voice.
I put my hand to her cheek. “Wake up, kiddo. It’s fireworks time.”
Her eyes fluttered open.
“Will I need a jacket?”
“Will Giggles need a jacket?”
“Is it going to rain?”
Her head lolled forward onto my knee as she quietly sighed the word “rain.”
I gently traced a finger across the back of her neck. “Kiddo, time to get up. We’ve got to get ready.”
She stretched one arm in the air.
“Are we going to eat dinner there?”
“Will they have fruit snacks?”
“Can I have some ice cream?”
Then she tucked her knees, put her hands under her chin, and nestled into the couch cushions. Asleep again.
Back and forth we went like this, me trying to wake her and her mind teetering between the fog of sleep and the brightness of curiosity. I realized that, even at rest, her brain craves information. Even at rest, she can identify details to work through, logistics puzzles to solve. Even at rest, her mind explodes with wonder.
And even at rest, her zeal for simply needing to know colors the world around her with as much sparkle as Fourth of July fireworks.
Does your child have a need to know? How do you stay focused on encouraging curiosity amid the incessant questions? And how many hot dogs is too many??