January 17, 2007

Simple Pleasures

Ahh, to be a child again.

As we are covered in inches of ice here in Oklahoma and the schools are closed, neighborhood children slide down steep driveways with reckless abandon. Their vehicles are laundry baskets, vinyl coats and scraps of plywood. We seldom have weather like this so they don't have proper sleds or toboggans but as the old saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention." When left to their own devices children can be very inventive.

Perspective is a large part of life. Many adults see the glass as half empty where children see the glass as half full. Adults are concerned with power outages, not being able to drive to work safely and roofs caving in. Children are happy that school is out and they have a new amusement park to play in. It doesn't even occur to them that they will have to make up these days later on. They live for the here and now.

Wouldn't it be lovely if we had no worries and could just slide down the driveway in an old laundry basket? :0)