Anytime when I begin to doubt humanity, I look at the kiddos.
Sure, they're rascals. Sure, they're far from innocent. Sure, they're out to get me.
But their capacity to learn and to love, their passion and power...it's incredible.
My almost three-year-old is learning French and English, which actually means he doesn't say much that we understand. Everyday that he adds a new word, or improves his pronunciation is a miracle. Learning one language is already a feat, when you think about it. He's also potty-trained, even for his nap. That means he's controlling his subconscious - wow. He's gotten stickers on his wake-up-happy chart, meaning we've had less morning screaming. I don't wake up happy, but he's learning to control his emotions for the good of all. He takes care of his baby sister (a little roughly sometimes), he helps with chores, feeding the cat, carrying in groceries and so on. He can sort home-dyed pasta, calling the colors "rouge" "blue" and "dragon." He's stinkin' amazing.
If such young children can do so much, what can I do? I want to keep this spirit of learning being an adventure, no matter my age. Learning to speak Spanish, to play badminton, tennis and run, reading incessantly and taking more piano lessons are all on my list.
What amazing things have your kids learned recently? What have you learned? What do you want to learn?