“It takes a very long time to become young.” ― Pablo Picasso
I recently took a weeklong trip to Colorado with my son, Gabriel. Needless to say, this was an adventure for both of us. He’s only 9 months wise, but I have to say he’s got the Gypsy blood like me. His first plane ride was a success, and though my nerves were about shot, it was easier than I thought it would be.
But something occurred to me as we were flying and he slept on my chest. At such a young age, our brains can’t form distinct memories that we will have later in life. So what is this world really like for him? What does he really understand?
Though there are many opinions on the matter, both scientific and otherwise, I thought he should be the one to explain his thoughts of the world. In an interpretive style of writing, as if he were speaking of sound mind.
So here he is…
“It’s not an easy thing to explain, but when you’re nine months old you only know a few things anyway I guess. So what’s the world like for me, you ask? Well, it’s big world that I haven’t seen much of yet, but I have a few ideas so far.
The world has to be full of love.
Because love is all I really know about and truly remember. I see so many smiles, so many hugs, and this makes me happy. So maybe love is what the world is all about, and I’m sure there’s a lot more.
But some people I see are sad, so maybe love is what they’re missing. I really don’t see how they could be missing love, because it’s all around us all the time. Maybe they just can’t feel it like me, or maybe they’re worried about other things.
But they shouldn’t be worried about other things.
I can help them probably when I’m bigger, but for now I’ll just smile at them, and that will make them happy too.
But people are funny.
They do weird things and make funny faces at me. Most of them smile, and I like that, but some of them don’t. They look at me like I confuse them, or maybe they’re just scared or they don’t know me. But I think they should smile still.
Because being happy is fun.
People make me laugh sometimes too, so I’m sure that the world will be full of laughter. But some people make me cry, but I don’t know them and sometimes new people scare me, so that’s probably why.
Maybe when I get to know them all, I won’t cry.
I think the world doesn’t like to cry, because I don’t like it either.
So, we should all just be happy, like me when I wake up in the morning or when I take a bath and play with toys.
That’s what the world should be like to me. Just happy.
The world also has to be really pretty, because I see new colors every day. So I think the world will be full of colors to see, maybe even some that nobody likes but me.
But there’s got to be more than just colors.
The world has to be so full of everything, some things that maybe I can’t even see yet. Maybe some things I’ll never see, but I think it will be fun to try and see them all. Because new things are always fun to know, and why ever stop learning or seeing new things?
I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning, because there’s so much of the world to learn.
I also think because the world is probably so big, that people should help and watch out for each other all the time. Because it makes you feel safe and loved. I know this is true because my dad watches out for me, and that might mean that one day I’ll have to watch out for him too.
And I hope I can do it.
I think the world is a place where there is so much to learn, so much to do and so much to see. But what is most important to me about the world?
Just the love that I feel now.
The comfort love brings as it lulls me to sleep.
The love I see in all eyes, happy or sad.
And the love that I can always give back.
So that’s what the world is like for me.”
Well, there you have it..
Maybe one day, we’ll all know what the world is like, as seen through the eyes of innocence.
And perhaps then, we’ll all learn how to love a little more, just as a child does so naturally.
Thank you for reading.
10 thoughts on “What the World is Really Like”
your lovely son is right .These arelife’s seeds love,smile,colors, caringand taken care of .It’s a great lesson indeed.You’re right too. Children can teach us a lot ,I myself learned a lot of precious things from my little newphew and niece.Children are great teachers. It’s a touchy subject indeed .Thank you for sharing .
Thank you so much!
Perhaps your best and wisest post. Gabriel is, like his namesake, teaching us adults to remember what’s most important and true. Love is all there is. Blessings to you both.
Thank you so much.. it just seemed to me that the simplest truth would be what he only knows, and what many people forget with age. All the best to you!
Amazingly perfect, deep, expressive and so real for me!! You are so blessed with your writing and consideration for others by sharing it!!
This post would make an amazing children’s book -one that we adults would cherish even more than the kids. Think about it!!!
BTW… No illustrator needed. Just use picks of your precious son…
Thank you! That is actually a lovely idea.. it’s given me a few ideas!
Good! Very good!!!
I love this. The Bible says “a little child will lead them”. I use the littles around me to change my perspective of the world. It makes life much more beautiful.