Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sing Out Loud {Simple Moments, Bigger Picture}

Oh to be four.

To be both self absorbed and empathetic to those around you. To not understand what self consciousness is.

To just live wholly, fully, freely.

Scene 1: Lunch time

It’s summer which means if it’s not raining I make the kids eat outside. Less sweeping, the chipmunks get the crumbs, it’s a win win. I set up PBGirl’s lunch outside and send her out and I go inside to make PBboy’s and tend to PBbaby. We have neighbors on either side and behind us, several are outside, one of the houses has workers working on it.

“Oh I Love my Pigger!”

“I loooooooovvvvvvvvve my Pigger! I love my pigger!”

She sings out a the top of her lungs.

“He knows my name, God knows my name!”

She keeps belting out a line here or there from a VBS songs, from her own made up songs. She sings from the heart, loud and proud like no one is watching, like no one can hear. I stand and watch her for a minute and my heart swells. I don’t even like eating alone and here is my baby girl belting out songs without a care in the world. I say a quick pray that she always remains so carefree.

Scene 2: Quick Target run

We have no time. I mean really no time. We are having people over for a party in little over and hour and we are short on chocolate ice cream the main (and necessary) ingredient in the dessert. Hubs is already working on the pork and PBboy and PBbaby are napping so I grab PBgirl and say you can come with but we have to be super fast.

“Okay! Super fast! Like Dash!”

We zip off to the store and when we are getting out of the car she is lip chewing nervous.

“Can we get a cart mommy? I can’t walk super fast”

Sigh. I could have gotten upset, made her walk. We were only going in for 2 cartons of ice cream. Our Target however is the size of a football field I knew it wouldn't be fast to let her walk. So I put her in a shopping cart, and than I blew her mind.

I pushed the cart faster and faster, running behind it while her hair blew in the wind and she giggled. Then I jumped up and rode the cart down the sidewalk. She giggled with glee and said

“Wow Mommy! Going fast is your super power!”

Oh to be four and see the world full of song and super powers. I pray she never looses it and that I can live more like her.

Simply seeing the world through a 4year olds eyes, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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Robin said...

Having a 4 year old, I LOVED this!!! "To be both self absorbed and empathetic to those around you" - this is soooo true.

I like how you made Target, a place that could be a dilly-dally, almost tantrum inducing place if someone blinked the right way, into a "quick" adventure and distracted her into your "plan." Well done, Mom. Sounds like a perfect balance of knowing your kid and knowing Target." hehe

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

What a sweetheart she is! Love these moments.

Unknown said...

I love it. "going fast is your super power!" I can't wait to someday have moments like that of my own. :) So special.

An Imperfect Momma said...

Oh how incredibly sweet and wonderful :)

Shell said...

So sweet. I wish I could get back some of that childlike worldview.

Hyacynth said...

Also, I can hear her saying those things {and singing}, which totally adds to the beauty of the scenes that unfolded.
Also, being fast is your super power. I think. Also, being awesome.
Really, we could all take a lesson from your darling. She's got so much going on in her spirit, and it's simply wonderful to see it through your eyes.

Lucy The Valiant said...

That's a pretty great superpower to have!

Alita said...

I want to have a super hero powers, too. I am so sloooooow.


Ginny Marie said...

What an awesome super power you have! My 4 year old will also sing at the top of her lungs and dance around in public. I'm just waiting for her to get a little self conscious so that she doesn't have her noisy temper tantrums quite so much!