“Play is often talked about as if it were a serious relief from learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” -Fred Rodgers
I’ve been struggling with questioning my use of time with the boys recently. Asking myself, am I taking them out on too many fun adventures on the days I’m not at work with them? Am I contributing to Jude falling behind in his academics compared to his peers? Self doubt and guilt started to crawl into my thoughts and they began to eat away at me. But after a beautiful session during our weekly meeting during our Storied Marriages gathering, I realized there is a place and time for everything and at four years old, it’s ok that I’m focusing on building in lots of exploration time for these two nuggets. So many of us know Dr. Seuss’s famous book, “Oh, the Places You Will Go!” and tonight I realized more importantly I want them to remember, “Oh, the places that I’ve been!” I want these years to fill them with wonder as they go throughout their lives discovering new interests and new friends. I want them to be filled with curiosity and not frustration when they encounter something above and beyond them. May these days, be the start of so much more for them.
To my Jude and my Ronan, may you two never stop having fun in your discoveries of this big beautiful world that we live in.