Be Ready To Be Surprised By The People We Love
I just got out of bed with eyes still half open. I saw my son standing next to my bed smiling. He tugged me shirt and said, “Hurry dad, I need to show you something.” I rose up still a bit unsteady. He grabbed my hand and said excitedly, “Dad, close your eyes. I have a surprise for you.” So I closed my eyes as we head towards his room. When we reached his toy area, we stopped. He then said, “Dad, are your ready for your surprise?” I replied eagerly, “Yes, I’m ready for my surprise.” In a jubilant tone he said, “Okay, ready, get set…open your eyes now!” As I opened my eyes he added, “Surprise!”
My surprise was a Lego ship that my son made that afternoon. It has multiple uses. It can serve as a battle ship when on water, a fighter plane when on air and as a space ship when it ventures the solar system. He showed me all the features of the ship. He even installed blasters and missile launchers in case an invasion takes place.
As a ready back up, he made a small ship that is connected to the mother ship by a tiny chain. He said that it can be used as an escape vehicle, a speed boat to chase a bad guy or as an exploring device to discover things. I hugged him and said, “Great job son. I’m so impressed. Your work is so cool.” He smiled back looking all proud and happy. We then played with his new Lego creation for several minutes before preparing for work.
“Dad, dad, my ship sunk,” shouted my son, his voice sounding distressed. He was almost about to cry when I asked him in a calm and comforting tone, “What happened?” He then proceeded to explain that he placed his big Lego ship in the sink full of water so it can float like a boat. With a sad look he said, “But instead of floating , it sunk quickly as soon as it touched the water.” I asked him, “May be it was to heavy? Did you try a smaller ship?” As he stared at his sunken ship, he whispered, “No, I didn’t .”
He hurriedly made a new smaller ship and placed one Lego sailor on it. To his surprise, it didn’t sink this time. He looked and sounded pleased. This time with a huge smile on his face, he said, “Okay, okay, I’m going to let the big ship float again.” As expected it again sunk to the bottom. This time with a confidence of a young explorer, he said, “Now, I’ll let the small ship float.” And float it did. He then concluded proudly with twinkles in his eyes, “Oh, the big ship sunk because it was too heavy and the small ship floated because it was very light. Now I get it, dad.”
Everyday there are so many chances of learning, growing, discovering and exploring things. What’s important is that we are ready for them and that we are willing to open our minds to new ideas with a similar enthusiasm of a child.