I am the luckiest man in the world.
I have the most wonderful wife and five of the world’s most awesome kids.
My fifteen-year high-school reunion is coming up. I know, for some of you that makes me young, and for some of you that makes me old. But, with a little bit of math you can find out that I graduated in the best graduating class ever. Yes, I am the Class of 2000. But, I digress. Our ‘party planner’ sent out a survey. It had two questions on it that really got me thinking.
The first question said: What is your favorite experience since high school?
This might seem like a hard question. Fifteen years is a long time. I’ve been to a foreign country, graduated from college, twice, and many other awesome experiences. But it wasn’t a hard question. I immediately wrote: Getting married and having five wonderful kids.
The second question said: What is your biggest accomplishment since high school?
Again, the answer: Getting married and having five wonderful kids.
I could praise my wife all day, but today I want to talk about my kids.
What do I learn from my kids?
I learn to see beauty. Other than the fact that I have three beautiful daughters and two handsome sons, I am amazed at the beauty that they see in the world. When walking through a field, we must stop to look at the flowers and the bugs. We look at the clouds and see the amazing shapes. We look for patterns in the stars. Kids see beauty everywhere, and they are willing to share it.
I learn curiosity. Kids are a wealth of questions. They want to know about everything. We need to know about grasshopper spit and ice on the moon. We need to know about the shapes of the cereal and how things work. My kids ask me questions all the time. Sometimes, I don’t know the answer. But isn’t being curious about everything wonderful?
I learn innocence. Isn’t it amazing how innocent a child’s heart is? How they always see the best in everyone and trust everyone? How the world hasn’t stained their love for their fellow man?
I learn love. Kids love unconditionally. Even when I make a mistake, my kids still love me. They love their friends. They love their neighbors. They love their teachers. They love their pets. Their hearts are so big and so full.
I learn about imagination. My kids live in their own fantasy worlds. They are constantly making up stories and creating fantastical tales. They play together so well this way.
I learn care. My kids care about each other. They are always helping each other and trying to include each other. They care about the people around them. They want to help and want to make the world a better place.
If only I could reverse life and go back to seeing the world through the eyes of a child. I would love to have the innocence, love, imagination, care, and beauty of a child. What do you learn from your children?