Through the eyes of a child

Almost every day after school, I can count on my kids to immediately begin begging me to stop at the store for a snack. The after-school snack usually includes a bag of chips or candy and a drink of their choice.

The other day, Emerson hopped in and said, “It’s a good day for an ICEE.” Since it was about 45 degrees outside, I looked at her in utter disbelief and told her it was way too cold outside for an ICEE. Like, is she crazy or something? It’s a good day for some hot coffee certainly, but not an ICEE.  

She just shook her head at me and quickly replied, “That’s why today is the best day to get one Mom- you won’t have to worry about it melting so fast.” 

Touche.  

She had a point and a good one, too. It made me question my reasoning, that’s for sure. Why did I have the idea that the only good day for an ICEE, is a hot one? When I think about enjoying an ICEE, in my mind I am immediately brought back to peak summertime, going to the store to get a Coke ICEE and hurriedly trying to finish it before it actually does melt. If I wanted a regular Coke, I would have gotten it in the bottle.  

This probably sounds a little silly, but it made me realize how different our perspectives and reasoning may be from our children, or anyone else in general.

As, an adult we tend to be more skeptical at times and perhaps a little cynical, as well, while young children tend to be more optimistic. 

They definetly have a fresh method of viewing the world around us.  The next day as I was scrolling Facebook, I came across a quote that said, “If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would find magic in everything.” 

An overwhelming sense of sadness came over me. I did not realize until that moment just how much I yearned to see life again from a child’s innocent perspective before my own perspective was tainted by the things and ways of the world. 

Who wouldn’t want that sweet innocence back?  

I believe most people, including myself, slowly lose these wonderful, childlike qualities as we travel through life and experience certain hardships and realities. We begin to question everything. We are set in our ways. We are in a constant state of worry. We hold grudges and we require certain conditions to be met before we allow ourselves to love freely.  

Matthew 18: 3 says, “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” 

Become like little children.  

There are certainly different ways to translate this, but I believe this scripture may not necessarily be about leaving Earth and entering the gates of Heaven, but more about living out God’s life here on Earth, which according to that scripture is going to require us to be more childlike.  

Try to look at things in a new perspective. Just because you have always done something a certain way or drunk an ICEE on a certain kind of day, does not mean you have to continue to think that is the only way.  

Be adventurous, curious and fearless. Be optimistic, energetic and authentic. Be wonderful, playful and faithful. Be excited, overjoyed and unworried. Be caring, giving, and most of all, loving.  

When is the last time you’ve tried to look at things through the eyes of a child?

(Paige Nash is a wife, mom and digital journalist for the Webster Parish Journal.)


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