Those of you who are parents will say "Duh!" But I've never been around li'l kids much -- no siblings, youngest cousin is ten years older than me, etc. Since I'm not used to them, I generally don't want to be around them. But sometimes kids do say the darndest things.
I was in Westlake Mall recently and saw a 7yo girl and boy negotiate the escalator. She would go down a few levels, then turn around and try to walk up. He would stand on the edge, move his feet up and down as if practicing, then gingerly step on the thing. I realized how things we consider commonplace look big and scary to kids. I was a bit surprised he hadn't encountered an escalator before, do they live in a small town?
Another time a father and son sat in front of me on the bus. The father told an ad-lib story, getting the son to fill in words. The boy made up a story about "Doughnut-land, where only doughnuts are allowed to live and no humans!" I didn't want to hear dribble about fucking doughnuts, and I had to restrain myself from saying, "If no humans are allowed, how did you get there?" But I realized how cool it was the father told interactive stories like this. I once knew a girl who said, "I don't buy premade toys for children; I'd rather give them drawing materials instead and have them be creative." I thought, that's really cool. If only more parents would do this. People used to create their entertainment, now they're consumers. At least blogging is getting back to "creating your own", and reading each other's work.
Meir Schneider's Miracle Eyesight Method talk about how he was born with 3f his vision, but was able with eye exercises to see normally. He says the eye perceives billions of stimuli every second, much more than the brain can handle, so the brain is very selective. In other words, even with severe eye damage there's enough left to function. Most eye problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness) are not physical but due to the brain's bad habits. A kid's lens is soft because he's looking everywhere: everything is fascinating and new. A myopic adult's lens is hard and focused wrong because he only looks a narrow way, is bored, and looks just enough to conduct necessary business. So by relaxing the eyes and always looking at the fascinating details in the environment -- the way a child does -- you can change the focus of your lenses and throw away your glasses, or at least have the prescription reduced. The tape (cassette) describes the exercises. I want to do this sometime but the exercises take an hour a day I don't have, and my small apartment doesn't have quite the dark room with a chair and desk. But I want to do it someday. And the other point remains. Kids see the fascinating details of the world; don't let these details pass you by.
Sluggo is Mike Orr, a helluva friendly guy in Seattle. Email me if you have feedback.