Building Community for Our Children

| 4/5/2010 11:50:42 AM

KC ComptonWhen the doorbell rang on Saturday morning, I wasn’t expecting anyone and wasn’t looking forward to interruptions. I had plans, and Important Stuff to Do.

I went to the door and instantly had to restrain my bouncy pup, who simply can’t hear children’s voices without wanting to join the party.

And it was a party. Three little girls, hovering in the 8 to 10 age group, bobbed and weaved outside my door. One wore a pink tutu over her jeans and the other had glitter on her cheeks, remnants from whatever previous game they had been playing.

Cheeks all a-flush with excitement, the eldest – who had either been elected to or simply commandeered the role of spokesgirl – quickly explained.

“We’re playing a game with another team of kids and are trying to see how much silly stuff we can trade in the next 20 minutes!

“This is what we’re trading,” she said exuberantly, holding up a half-used bottle of bubbles liquid.

KC Compton_2
4/16/2010 2:44:26 PM

Hi Shannon--Thanks for the comment. Yes, their kid-years go by so quickly, and so often we seem to have our attention on all that's not getting done or the ways we're falling short of some vision of perfection we have. So much better, I think, to savor the sweetness of their childhood. Sorry about the triple posting. I was responding to Dave, but I didn't mean to be quite so enthusiastic! :=] --KC

S.M.R. Saia
4/16/2010 6:27:16 AM

What a great story. It make me think of how quickly my little girl (four next week) is growing up; it made me both happy and whistful. Thanks for sharing it!

KC Compton_2
4/12/2010 2:45:50 PM

What a great story, Dave, and how lucky your grandson is. I predict you have a gardener in the making there, with all that adventure in the dirt (or else lots of little trucks will be planted--which is what MY son always thought to do with piles of dirt, whether or not there were tomato plants in it). The neighborhood is lucky to have you holding down the Grandpapa anchor--a very important tether for everyone in the community. I hope you'll give us periodic updates on your energetic summer! --KC

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