Monday advice for my favorite boy.

You take your playtime rather seriously. Whether it’s playing football or doctor or fireman or – most recently – worker bee, you insist on dressing the part and staying in character. While we were trick-or-treating last week, you would periodically declare, “Break time!”, then plop yourself down in the middle of the sidewalk with your candy bucket and hard hat next to you. After seeing our looks of confusion, you would explain that worker bees work hard and have to take breaks. No doubt you learned this in a book and “break time!” is as much a part of being a worker bee as the tools and the hard hat. To you, ‘worker bee’ is an attitude.

It’s one of my favorite things about you. And maybe every kid has it. The ability to look at the most ordinary, commonplace things in this world as if they were magic. So many things about life are still new and mysterious to you. You absorb it so fast sometimes it’s easy to forget that you are actually absorbing it for the first time. New words, new foods, new places, new emotions.

Anymore it seems you’ve moved from the “What is that?” questions to the “Why is that?” questions. And sometimes your questions are hard. The pressure I feel as your Mama is such a privilege. I feel so lucky to live in your little world, trying my best to answer your questions in a way that simultaneously gives you what you need but lets you draw your own conclusions. Your little noggin is so smart and I know there will be days and years you will not want my answers and you may not even ask me your questions, but for now – I’ll do my best.

I just hope you keep asking. If not me, then someone. Too many people in this world get to a point at which nothing is new and mysterious. They convince themselves they’ve seen everything they need to see, they’ve done everything they need to do. Nothing is magic anymore. Don’t be one of those people. There’s always more to see and there’s always more to do. There will be “why is that?” and “where is that?” and “how can that be?”

I hope you get all the answers your little heart is looking for. And I really, really hope you always take playtime this seriously.

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