As many young children at the age of four, right before you’re officially educated in kindergarten, I was living in a world of curiosity. My mother and I spent our days together, filled with exciting activities, crafts and errands, The Young and the Restless and Mr. Dress-up. I was experiencing life and my mom, well, she was running a house, watching her child,and enjoying life as she could. On one particular afternoon as I sat patiently waiting for my lunch, a tuna sandwich, the gears in my little head began to turn. I thought to myself, then asked,
“Mom, what happens to the eyes of the tuna when they put it into the can?”
My mother responded with a similar complexity to my own and advised that I check today.
So, my mother prepared and I waited, anxious and hungry for my sandwich. When my toasted white bread layered with tuna salad was placed in front of my hungry curious self I could barely wait. As I removed the top half of my sandwich, my life would never be the same again. There, gazing up at me, were a set of giant googly eyes that my mom had placed inside. I shot straight out of my seat, tears rolling uncontrollably down my face as I got my answer.
Looking back now I applaud my mother for creating an entertaining meal that day, for keeping me on my toes as she taught me the precious things she could before I would be off on my own. She always told me that life wouldn’t be easy but it didn’t have to be hard, there is so much that can be learned by just enjoying each moment. Whether we are learning through our experiences, or simply scaring the knowledge right into our children, there remains an important point that each situation is what you make of it and by seizing the moment and taking it for all it’s worth we our giving ourselves the greatest lesson of all.