My youngest son, Will didn’t care much for the ceremony, the sitting and the waiting. I guess you can’t blame him for that. He was only concerned with one thing…….when the dancing would start. The dude loves to dance. Seriously, his little 2-year-old body is a never-ending ball of energy.
When the evening sky grew dim, the overhead lights became brighter and the temperature began to cool, it was time. It was time to get down on the dance floor!
From the second the music started, to the second we left, the dude was cutting a rug like no one else. Jump’n, jive’n, shake’n, spin’n, you name it, he made it happen. He was a dancing machine and quite the popular fellow.
I found myself joining others in just staring at him, smiling, clapping and cheering him on. There was something so simple and refreshing about observing him just being a kid, oblivious to the world around him, lost in the beats and the rhythms and the lights leaping off the floor. He was free. Perhaps our admiration of him had something to do with our own desire to let loose.
Dang, I want that kind of freedom. As adults, I think we would all give our left arm for it.
Somewhere along the line, we lost the ability to fully relax, kick our feet up and just be ourselves….the once-common freedom that we had as kids seems to be buried beneath the responsibilities of life.
So we’re left searching for those moments of inspiration, sometimes vicariously through little kids. Thank God for them. They’re great teachers.
Sure, I’m partial to my little guy, but honestly, he inspires me. Through all of the “why’s” and “how come’s” and “what kind’s” and “why not’s” lies an innocent, joy-filled heart that’s made of gold.
I think there’s a reason why God uses children as examples in the bible. He wants us to be simple like them. Not only in our faith, but in the way we question, in the way we interact, in the way we love and in the way we live…..maybe, just maybe, that’s the beginning of true freedom.
“For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.” – Matthew 18:3 (MSG)