What’s All the Excitement About?
by Julie Davidson
After you have kids a while, you get used to their child-like behavior. And so often when they’re chattering on and on, you neglect to notice the delight in their voices, let alone consider what they’re excited about. It all blends together and becomes a sort of noise.
I can’t even recall what my husband was referring to a few weeks back, but he looked at me, shaking his head and commented about wishing that he could get as excited as the kids do. It’s true. Children get revved up so easily. And constantly. So I spent the next week really listening to the things that got them smiling. Here are just some of the things they said.
“Mom, my shoes match my shirt!
“We got popcorn at school today!”
“Mom, I beat my old high score on Mario Cart!”
“Mom, I beat Dad when I played Mario Cart!”
“I moved up to the next level for my math class!”
“A car wash? I wanna go!”
“Miles lost a tooth!”
“Hey, these fries are great dipped in cheese!”
“Look! We know that boy from summer camp!”
As the week went on, I began to wonder: When do we stop getting a kick out of the simple things in life? Did that get sucked out during childbirth? Because if so, I want a do-over. Take the weight gain back and give me back the excitement. I bet you have your own list of things that make you smile. Maybe it’s casual day at work. How about seeing a credit on your electric bill? Or perhaps finding a crumpled-up five dollar bill that went through the wash. Or knowing it’s movie night and you can hang out on the couch for no less than two hours! Think about it: popcorn, doing well at math, and a matching shirt. Yep. A list of things to bring excitement. Aside from the one about losing a tooth, there’s still plenty for us grown-ups to get excited about.