|He's got the whole world in his hand!|
Using a small rubber ball masquerading as a globe, I showed Aidan where the land (multi colored) was verses the water (blue, of course). We talked about how we lived near a big lake and I pointed out Lake Michigan to him. We talked about how much water there is in the ocean and how big it is. To my surprise, Aidan responded that he knew how big the ocean was because he had fallen into it. I'm certainly not with the child 24/7, but I was pretty sure he hadn't wandered to a continental coastline, either.
|On the edge of adventure - and the ocean...|
"Where is the ocean, Aidan?" With great enthusiasm, he walked me to the front window and pointed to the offending body of water - across the street, behind the playground equipment but front of the school that was just barely visible from our vantage point - an extremely large body of water to be sure. At five, Aidan is just starting to explore the vastness of the world, starting with the expanse visible from his front window!
Oh to be five again! I want to experience the wonder and the terrifying depths of the ocean across the street. I want to judge my size compared to the ordinary, because ordinary is unquestionably extraordinary. Thank you, Aidan, for the gift of seeing the ocean through your eyes. Thank you for sharing that marvel anew.