Just Start Digging: Advice from Kids

By: Kaitlyn

I am currently working at a day care which requires me to spend a lot/all of my time with children. I’ve worked with children before: big kids, medium-sized kids, and little kids. But I’ve never worked with little little kids before (my definition of little little kids being anyone younger than 5). I’ve  always been mildly terrified of them; but more afraid of poopy diapers and endless crying than anything. And there’s a lot of that; trust me. But in between the potty accidents, endless tears, and cat fighting, there’s something else.

Kids are inspiring. They’re inspiring in the fact that they say everything with such simplicity.  They make life sound so simple. And maybe it is.

I’m going to talk about a couple things I heard kids say today. Maybe I’ll share more child insights with you as my summer continues.

“People are nice, even when they’re mean.”

I was sitting on a playground as a tiny, curly brown-haired girl “did my hair” (which in kid language actually means, “let me tangle it into a thousand knots for you!”). As we were sitting there, another kid threw some sand in another kid’s face. The other kid was obviously upset, and immediately afterwards, the kid that threw the sand turned to his victim and said, “Hug?” The hug gesture wasn’t really well received.

But the girl doing my hair just said, “People are nice, even when they’re mean.”

Ding ding ding. Light bulb moment. I mean, how true is that?

Even the nicest people in the world have moments where they just snap and throw sand in people’s faces. It happens. We all have mean moments.

But those are just moments. I firmly believe that people as a whole are good.

And that even people who seem to be full of mean moments are deep down good and looking for a hug.

“I always believe in myself.”

For this one, I was invited to dig some holes with a girl in the sandbox (if only I had an orange jumpsuit and a friend named Zero…)

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Anyways, I knew that we only had a few minutes left outside. The girl told me that she was going to dig a hole so deep that you wouldn’t be able to see the bottom.

“Do you really think you can do that?!” I asked, a little apprehensive.

“I always believe in myself,” she said and started digging.

Shoot. I just wanted to give her the biggest hug in the world.

We should all just always believe in ourselves and start digging.

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