Me: What are you doing?!
BodhiWan: Decorating the tree.
BW: I'm being a butcherbird.
Me: That's awesome.
BW: It is awesome...but not to the untrained eye.
Unfortunately, I did not photograph the tree at the height of it's glory. They had really gotten a pretty phenomenal amount of junk up there--which was impressive.
But more impressive was that little bit of sage wisdom from my seven-year-old:
"It is awesome...but not to the untrained eye."
We often tell our kids to stop something--or tell our kids to start something--based on our own criteria of what is 'good', 'right', 'important' or 'valuable'. On a crabbier or busier day, I might just have easily asked them to hurry up and put all those things away without asking what it was they were up to.
Even as I write this, there is an implication that my seeing and understanding what they were doing somehow gave it value. It would have been just as cool if I had missed the whole thing all together.
What did they learn by being butcherbirds? Who knows really. But here a few observations:
So...lesson learned for the day:
When looking at your child's activities (and interests) don't be too quick to judge...maybe you just need to train your eye.