My kids teach me things that I otherwise would never have learned. Many of these things are about myself. Today, on a flight from Dallas to Boston, I was sitting between my two kids. I gave them both coloring books and colored pencils. Girl was proud to keep hers done “right” with all of the color staying within the lines. I applauded her, because at age 4, that’s a pretty fantastic showing of fine motor skill. My son, almost 2 years old, scribbled within the front covers of his Christmas themed book. Yep, Christmas themed Wonder Pets from last holiday season was the book that he chose. Why not, right? I started playing around on my iPhone, and when I looked up, Boy had taken it upon himself to exploit his discovery of glittery stickers on page two of his book. He had them all over his face, neck, arms, and legs. When I turned my head, for some reason, he happened to look at me right at the same time. Before I could negatively react, he stuck a snowflake sticker on my nose. “NOSE! SILLY!” he yelled before breaking down in a fit of giggles. Girl wanted to know what was going on, and then begged for her own nose sticker. A few minutes later, the flight attendant asked what we wanted for drinks, and the three of us were sitting there laughing with stickers all over our face. “OH WOW! You guys are having fun, aren’t you?! Seriously, Mom, way to be silly!”. Hubs was across the aisle and just gave us a smile, probably thinking that I’d lost my mind… and maybe that’s not too far from true.
Today, I just let myself have fun and be silly with my kids. We made a little memory, and we enjoyed those couple of moments of sticker-faced fun. Old me would have complained about the waste of the stickers, that they were supposed to be used in the book to go along with the activities that it provides. Now I realize that using them the traditional way would have been a greater waste, because instead of a throw away activity book completed to instruction, we created a silly memory right there in aisle eleven using out of season stickers and not taking ourselves too seriously. I still have much to learn. Thank goodness they are around to teach me as they grow.