Why Being Home Doing Nothing Is Better Than Disneyworld
A recent conversation with my just-turned-4-year-old son went something like this: OK, out your shoes on, please. It's time to go to the birthday party! NO! I don't want to go to a birthday party! *Sigh.* You don't want to go to preschool, you don't want to go to a birthday party, you wouldn't go to the circus if it showed up in your own bedroom! What *do* you want to do, then? Nuffing! I want to stay home and do nuffing.
We do *go* a lot. I take them places because staying at home with the 1-year-old would drive her and me both insane. She needs to get out. But they also both need the opportunity to be bored. Because that is what builds creativity, and the imaginative mind is the greatest place a kid can go. Truly the happiest place on Earth, because it's a place they create (and where they are totally in charge, so of course they love it)!
(Disney creations are great, don't get me wrong. We've even taken the kids to Disneyworld. But if my son watches too much TV, he will start emulating situations and phrases from the shows. I'd much rather him express himself without outside influences like cartoons completely taking over. So this is why when we do *go,* it's often somewhere away from commercial influences reiterating the cartoon motifs and encouraging empty consumerism.)
And when I look at pictures from a day that seemed tough or arduous or full of distractions, I see what he means - there is magic in the everyday.
Yes, these images are of the magical parts of that day. Yes, I wiped rice and carrots off the floor on my hands and knees. Yes, my son acted defiant over a raisin (a single freakin' raisin!). Our life isn't perfect. And we're not faking it here. It's just that it's still beautiful, because that's how we see it. Well, at least I do.