Saturday, 28 July 2012
"Can I get up now?"
Several months ago, my sister called to share a conversation she had just had with her daughter - my niece, then 3.5yo. They had been going through one of the potty routines and, apparently, my niece was getting tired of just sitting there. She said to her mother, "Mommy, I want to get up." Her mother told her to wait a bit longer. Not even a minute had passed before she repeated her request, "Mommy, I want to get up." Her mother's response was the same. My sister said, without missing a beat, my niece closed her eyes and said, "Lord? Can I get up now?" This was followed by a deeper-voiced "Yes. You can!" Then, opening her eyes and back to her normal voice: "Mommy? The Lord said I can get up now!" My sister promptly got her up, trying all the while to hide her chuckling.
There are some quips that make me smile, no matter what. That is one of them. Beyond the laughter, of course, it caused me to think. Every so often I wish to by pass traditions and rules and conventions that are not in sync with my creativity. Or, simply, not in sync with what I want. Me. Me. Me. I want this; I want that. But, for one reason or another, it's too this; it's too that. And, I just wanna go, "Get out of my way. I'll make up my own rules in order to get what I want, thank you very much!"
Irrespective of age, that's so...so human, isn't it? Always that something inside seeking a way to get what we want. So basic; so simple; so true. It makes me wonder why we follow conventions and what not, so slavishly. In large part, I imagine, it's because we understand our role in maintaining a civilized society. In small part, we probably don't want to rock the boat; upset the status quo. Hmm. I read a quote the other day that said stteo: If we keep doing the ordinary, we shouldn't expect the unusual.
Good for you for having the courage to leap from the known to the unknown; to follow your heart; to realize your dreams. Good for us. :-)