It is school vacation week in Massachusetts so I am getting to spend plenty of time with children in our extended family this week. Given that my nieces and nephews are buzzing around me as I try to pick out a quote to share today, this quote by Madeline L’Engle jumps off the page at me.
It seems to me, that it is true some things that are too difficult for adults children seem to intuitively understand. Children are resilient and adaptable far more than most adults I know, which is evident from the laughter coming from the backyard of the house I grew up in that my youngest sister and her family now live in. My two nieces and two of their friends have been assembling a trampoline for probably pushing three hours now.
About two hours into the project, they realized that the hoop which they had been fastening the legs to was upside down. They had to take apart almost all of their work and start anew. As they busily disassembled and reassembled the form for the trampoline, they joked and laughed together. They did not stress out, they did not let their frustration get the best of them, they did not give up. Instead they laughed and joked and when I asked if I could help they were not too shy to say, “The best thing you can do for us is make us food, we are hungry from working so hard.”
So back in the house I went to cook them dinner and finish this post while enjoying the sounds of their laughter.