I was walking out front this evening to check on the kids – my kids, neighbor kids, my kids friends, you get the idea – there were a lot of kids. Instead of shouting my standard “everyone okay? Nikki do you need to test?!”, I stopped to watch them. They had invented some elaborate game and were having a marvelous time – I wondered how long it had been since I felt that kind of freedom and joy in just being….well, right where I was. Diabetes, college, work, scheduled activities, raising kids, marriage, LIFE all has a way of depleting some of the awareness out of actually living. Now, I know that people have made up all sorts of “kid lists” before, but I wanted to ask these kids (kids who are part of my life) a question “what is so great about being a kid?” The group ranged in age from 4 years to 11 years so the answers were varied, but came at me like little bullets; they had no trouble telling me why being a kid is great. I was typing the list up for a project I’m working on, as well as this blog, and that's when it hit me – not one single answer had to do with material possessions, not one. Here is what they said:

Spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning
The Zoo
Tag
Rocks
Jump rope
Throwing Stuff
Pretending to sleep so you get carried into the house
The Last Day of School
Playing outside barefoot
The First Day of School
Chasing the ice cream man
Recess
Singing
Birthday Parties
Playing
Riding Bikes
Bubbles
Making Mommy Laugh
Hide-n-Seek
Candy
Friends
Christmas
Learning to Whistle
Cartwheels
Rain
Dad/Daddy
Cookies
Jumping
Running, no reason, just running
Sidewalk Chalk
Sleepovers
Staying up late when there’s no school
Summer
Christmas
Learning to Whistle
Mom/Mommy
Not being a grown up
Humm, I think Peter Pan knew what he was talking about.

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