Monday, March 15, 2010
There is a phenomenon that I have chatted about with many moms. Ed and I have also pondered it. It is the moment before bath or pajama time...when your child disrobes and is in his/her birthday suit.
They are supposed to stay still so you can put on the new diaper and get the pajamas on. Or they are supposed to make their way immediately to the bathtub, however, as soon as they are naked they seem to get a burst of energy and take off full speed ahead...running wildly to and fro. To request that they stop is a waste of time. As a mother you can't help but pause, tip your head, and smile at their little buns and pudgy legs quickly scooting to and fro. And it is all cute until they pee...
Charley is 5 and he still does this. Though it isn't so cute as they get bigger...but yet, I hate to curb this self-conscious freedom that he still has. When does it stop and why does it stop? Why and when does life change so that you hide and are embarrassed?
Being a child is a period in one's life when you aren't self-conscious. Children don't feel judgment or care what others are thinking - they don't really even know that others might be thinking about them. Children feel and express their feelings without manipulation. They feel joy and sadness and they show it without hesitation. Curiosity leads them and wonder makes each day amazing. Little things are miraculous - an airplane passing over, the sirens of a firetruck, or a ladybug landing on the picnic table. Their energy is endless- spinning and running without hesitation.
Childhood is a unique and precious time. It is my goal as a mother to let this time last as long as possible. Because once disappointment, depression, embarrassment, and emotional discomfort enter....their days of running naked are just a .....memory - and actually - I would give anything to remember that feeling....so a memory isn't even the right word.
This post is linked up to Steady Mom's 30-minute blog challenge and Tuesday's Unwrapped.