For the past few months, Michaela and I have been having fun with Kiwi Crates, which are monthly boxes of arts & crafts that get shipped to Micha. This months’ box had materials to make a bird outfit.
If you have two children, older than 8-9 months, you know that the younger likes to emulate everything that the older one does. Luca watched Micha and I take turns happily flying around the house, so he wanted his turn too.
It was PURE DELIGHT. His feet scattered quickly on the floor as he squealed and giggled around our main level. He kept looking back, to see if Micha was nearby because, when she was close, he knew she’d be taking the wings.
Watching both Micha and Luca flap their arms and pretend to fly, reminded me of my childhood. I remember being 6 or 7. I was convinced that if I jumped up high in the air and flapped my arms hard enough I would fly. Convinced. I probably tried over a hundred times. I jumped from a brown, reclining chair. After a few attempts, I’d have to catch my breath and then try again.
I assume that everyone went through an “I can fly!” phase. At least, I hope others did so I’m not alone 🙂 It’s amazing what joy and laughter this memory brings me.
It reminds me of my own youth, my own innocence. I often forget to think about my experiences because I’m too busy soaking in Michaela and Luca’s. As we spend more and more time being adults, we disconnect from our inner child. My kids brought me back to the pure joy of imagination and innocence. Not only was it a delight to watch them ‘fly’ but it allowed me to recall my own ‘flying days’.
The wings are resting on my bathroom floor right now. I’ve left them there, eager for the next time one of my kids decides to fly around some more. How light and carefree it must be to fly. How spectacular and breath-taking the view. How freeing it must feel.
For this week, regardless of whether you’ve got wings or not, savor the beauty of flight. Recall the feeling a child must have when they believe they can fly–they have complete trust and belief that their body will take them wherever they want to go. It’s pretty awesome!
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”