Last night, while sitting on the bow of the boat, dangling her legs into the water as the fireworks boomed overhead, a friend of mine who just became a new mom made the comment that some things just make you feel like a kid again.
I knew exactly what she was talking about because when the first explosion of light lit up the sky, water, and our eyes, a smile planted itself on my face for the next 2 hours. I was instantly brought back to 4ths from years past and what it’s like to see a new firework. I remember when the star inside a ring was new (that one was a big favorite on the lake last night). My favorite is the little red balls with big, sparkling, gold, shimmery tails. And one I hadn’t seen before was pure snow white. Simply gorgeous.
But we all need that once in a while. We need to be kids again. Like getting excited over still-warm-from-the-oven cookies and a cold glass of milk. And for 30 seconds or two hours not worrying about paying a bill or what has to get done at work tomorrow.
Being a kid again is one of the simplest things in the world to do, but nearly impossible to allow ourselves. It rarely involves monetary expense or presumptuous motives. All you really need is freedom of spirit, freedom from inhibitions, and the world around you.
Sledding. Fireworks. Rolling down a hill or running down a sand dune. Snowball fights. Counting stars. Decorating Christmas cookies. Catching a firefly in the cup of your hands. These things make me feel like a kid again.
Many years ago (in the 1900s maybe?), Toys R Us ran a commercial where adults in their everyday work clothes found their inner child again. I remember one scene where a guy in a suit with a briefcase skips down the road with the giraffe.
I’m not suggesting taking to public streets with a large costumed giraffe. But I do advocate being a kid again.
The next time you’re at the beach, hike to the top of the dune and run down it. Or stop being so busy and lie in the grass one night and find your favorite constellations. They’re still there. They haven’t gone anywhere since you last said goodnight to them.