My eldest son Josh loved Calvin and Hobbes cartoons and he shared that love of their sincere kind humor with me. This cartoon in particular is a favorite and the newspaper version of it was on my file cabinet so long it yellowed! It speaks to the season and the freshness of each new year and so I happily share it with you!
There is magic in exploring possibilities, large and small, especially with children. Children encourage us to look at the world from their vantage points if we just “get on their level” and look and listen. Lay flat on the floor and look around and up. Sit on that same floor and look around again. Then on your knees and upright. The views change and we have the magical opportunity to see the world anew through their eyes.
It is just as relevant with our children as they become older, “wiser”, and more independent. The magic of exploring possibilities becomes more focused and can change daily, even moment by moment. They see and hear more with not quite understanding it all, but still delve into the “whys” of their lives. Sit in their desk at home and at school, plop into their favorite chair or pillow. See what they see and also attempt to feel what they feel. Active listening is key.
Then all too soon the new years fly by and you are sending these amazing young men and women off to their own magical possibilities in college, service, careers, and life. Make sure they take the magic with them and remind them of it often, even if they say, “Oh, Mom!” “Dad. Come on. I am not a kid anymore.” We fervently hope we all remain a kid deep inside.
Here’s to 2019, a year of wonderful magical possibilities for Wood Acres School as we celebrate our 50th anniversary- a golden time for sure! Here’s to your new year. May it be filled with wonder, magic, possibilities, and the vision to see it every day in some way.
Be Peter Pan. Crow about your children and never grow up. That is pure magic!