I had a job where I worked around children for 13 years. Never having any offspring of my own, this filled a void in my life; the biggest lesson I was taught by a child was from my littlest little at the time.
At a point when my life changed completely, she was only six months old. As a matter of fact, the day she was born we were having a cancer treatment and my late husband wanted to make sure that he would not harm her if he went to see her.
He passed away before she was old enough to know him. She doesn’t fully understand that I was once married.
I would follow her as she grew and began crawling, then walking, then running.
I was taking life the same way she was. Learning my way around at first crawling if I needed to. As she was learning to stand on wobbly legs, I was doing so emotionally. She quickly became her own little, quirky personality.
I think I admire that part about her as much as anything. When she has an entire conversation with no one on a cell phone with no service or plays with a computer keyboard saying she can run the world from right there, it gives me an insight into imagination.
She has taught me a great deal and when I am around, I am the chosen playmate. This is because when she lets her imagination run wild, I go right along with her.
Last year for Christmas, when she was 6, I gave her the little point and shoot camera I bought the day she was born, just to take photos of her. For about a month, her entire family fussed at me because she was blinding them taking pictures. She took it with her to the grocery store one day and actually got some amazing photos.
When she shoots with my big camera, she will take one shot and say It’s good. I’ll say well let me check it. She will say why? It’s good and it always is. Now that is confidence. She is fearless.
She will from time to time pull out the note that I put in with her camera and show me that she still has it.
She loves to collect rocks. She keeps her collection outside beside the porch but I always try to get her a rock if I go someplace new.
You see although not in chronological years, in many ways we are about the same age and she taught me how to start over.