Ah! What a vacation! This past week, I left Alamosa and went home for a couple of days. It was refreshing to say the least. I left on Friday morning, and went straight to the Springs. That night, my siblings and I successfully gave my momma a surprise Birthday party. We had everybody meet up at a downtown restaurant, and it was there that she walked in, and was completely swept off of her feet. On Sunday, I drove up to Denver to pick up my girlfriend. We drove back to the Springs and went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, we saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, had dinner, and had a great day of quality time spent together. The rest of the week, I relaxed a little bit, and then saw some friends. Other than seeing my girlfriend, the highlight of the trip was hanging out with the two coolest kids ever. Rigel and Andromeda.
Long story short, my older sister is a nanny this summer, and she is spending almost every day with Rigel, who is nine, and Andromeda, who is six. I'm glad to say that I was blessed to be able to ride along on a couple of their adventures during the week. The first adventure we went on, was to the Fine Arts Museum. Tionne pulled up with her car, and I hopped in the passenger seat. "Hi guys, how are you?" I said to them as I was preparing to introduce myself. Intstead of using their mouths, their eyes did all of the talking. Andromeda looked me up and down through her prestigious looking glasses, and Rigel gave me the "so what?" eyebrow. "Okay then" I nodded, and turned back around. It was when we got out of the car when they started to loosen up and energy began to pulse through them. In an effort to start a conversation once more, I asked Andromeda, "Have you been to any museums before?" She responded, "Yeah, we went to one last week... but you can't ring the bell too loud there, apparently" as she rolled her eyes. I didn't know that six year olds used sarcasm! I didn't know what sarcasm WAS until seventh grade. She had me laughing pretty hard. Then I asked them if they had learned anything in school the past year. Rigel replied with, "No. I didn't learn anything. I already know all of my multimication tables and my divisions." Andromeda replied with, "I know one plus one, and two plus two, and five plus five" "That's only because Dad told you and you memorized it!" Rigel shot back. "No!" "Well then what's seven plus six Andy!?" "...I don't have to tell you" is how she ended THAT conversation.
Later on in the day, it started to rain, and Andromeda said, "Well, at least we know it's not raining in South Africa." I then said "...what? How do you know that?" "Well, if it's raining here, than it CAN'T be raining in South Africa. Rain travels. If it's raining here, then it has to travel all the way over to Africa"
The rest of our adventures included eating frozen yog- I'm sorry, I mean "soft ice-cream", driving through a rainstorm, singing the Phineas and Ferb theme song, calling my sister "coo-coo" with Andy, and brainstorming the most efficient way to take out enemies on a battlefield with Rigel.
The pure joy and innocence of kids is a magic. It's a magic that one could never harness in a jar. It's a magic that one could never replicate once time got a hold of them. It's a magic that is so often overlooked. Sometimes, children have the best advice, but we're all too busy or too much "wiser" than them to truly listen. That it why I am starting Weekly Lessons from Little Ones. Ever Saturday, I am going to post what I learned from a kid the past week, or what I learned from somebody who gave advice that a kid would give
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