Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wade's World & #iPPP

For the past couple weeks, I've been feeling a little vulnerable.  Okay maybe more like a lot vulnerable and emotional.  

I feel a little over-informed, worried, anxious.  The world feels scary and evil and like it's possibly ending.  Pollution reports from the U.N., speculations and theories about why/how/where planes crash, devastating mudslides, teenagers climbing the new World Trade Center...it just all seems a little too much.  I want to turn off every TV and not go online ever again.  I want to hide, like a turtle in a shell.  Or run around like a frantic chicken screaming "the sky is falling."  

I need sunshine (or antidepressants).  I need a media break.  I need to think like a four-year-old.
Wade's world is pretty great.  He is all about the moment.  Sure he gets pissed if we are out of chocolate milk, but then Clifford comes on TV and he's happy again.  

The other day, a package arrived and just like a four-year-old should be, he was ecstatic about the box. He colored the box, he pretended the box was a car and then a pirate ship.  In Wade's world, it was THE BEST THING EVER.
He even showed how awesome the box was to his little friend Sadie.  The two of them played hide and seek for quite a while with the box.  One would count, the other would hide...in the box.  Over and over and over.  They had so much fun.

When it started snowing yesterday, my heart started racing and I was convinced that the extreme weather conditions that "will affect all human life" negatively were happening right then and there.  Like we were living in some freaky real-life version of Frozen, maybe we should build a bunker or go buy batteries.  My mind was going a mile a minute and then I heard Wade say "look I can catch snowflakes on my tongue Mommy!"  Even though we have lived in a frigid, snowy winter wonderland for months, he was still excited to see big fluffy snowflakes.  

Because to a four-year-old, snowflakes and boxes are all kinds of awesome.  Wade's world is about possibility and fun and what's that and look over there and wow and right now.

I took a deep breath, took a picture and then stood with my head to the sky, and my tongue out hoping to catch a snowflake.  Hoping to let go of some of my anxiety and remember the possibility and the fun and the what's that and the look over there and the wow and the magic of right now.

All the pictures in this post were taken on my phone.  Come play with me on Instagram.

Now Link Up for the #iPPP
GretaAngela (my LTYM co-producer & iPPP co-host-er) and I want to see your funny, your yummy, your heartfelt, your favorite phone photos of the week.  Of course, it doesn't have to be from an iPhone.  All you need is a blog post containing at least one photo from any phone camera.  Link up below and don't forget to visit some of the others!



  1. oh kids do remind us to be fun and innocent again if only for a moment. Snowflakes are the best; my girls were catching them today as well and giggling frantically. It was wonderful!

  2. Kids enjoying both indoor and outdoor. Love your blog site, lots of kids' lovely stuffs.

  3. Sadie is FAMOUS!! I love that picture and those memories...They really do have a way of helping us focus on the moment, don't they? (even if the moment doesn't seem like something we want to focus on:)

  4. I'm so with you. And also have at least two little magic-makers here, thank goodness....sometimes it rubs off on us, right? It has to.

  5. I like that: the magic of right now. Good thing to remember and be reminded of.

  6. I just love a child's perspective.
    My boys love boxes too. Who needs toys?

  7. I really think we are living the real life version of Frozen. It's the end of May and there is snow out my window.

  8. I always watch my toddler who seems so happy with everything that she is doing, from showering to playing. I try my best to get into her head and try to experience what she is, and each time I do, I realise there is no magic in her. She is just living in the moment while I am so busy multi-tasking (with my mind). It's so beautiful to be a child and I love their perspective of life

  9. Right now is so simple, so fun, so positive. Everything we forget to be when we're adults. I love that kids can remind us of that.