Last week I unintentionally interrupted my friend giving a piano lesson. She came to the door and we spoke briefly so she could get back to teaching. The little girl at the piano looked over her shoulder, then ran over and gave my 8-year-old a big hug, then without a word went right back to the piano bench and started playing again. I didn’t recognize the girl and assumed it was a friend from school.
Later that night I was sitting with my family at a local restaurant when my 5-year-old darted from the table to greet one of her little friends who was walking in. I don’t think either of them said a word. They giggled, hugged and just smiled at each other. As Miranda sat back down at our table, I asked her who the little girl was. “One of my best friends from school.” “Really? I asked. What’s her name? “Hmm. I don’t know” she said shrugging.
I have been witnessing scenes like this quite a bit from my daughters and I can’t help but be moved by the easy and simple love shared between them and their friends. Not only that, but I’m learning that to them the term “friend” is pretty much anyone that they recognize from the playground. How wonderful to be young and unapologetic in the giving of your affections.
With that in mind, I have had this video in my thoughts ever since I watched it a few weeks ago, and now I can’t get a certain project idea out of my head. (If you haven’t seen this video, you should. During this time of political debates and general disrespect to our fellow man, this seems especially timely). As I have learned from past experience, it does me no good to ignore these bits of strange inspiration. I don’t have time to share now, but check back tomorrow for an experiment I have been conjuring up in my little brain and can’t wait to get started.
Speaking of little brains; I’m going to keep an eye on these two. I think they have a lot more to teach me…