The Inscrutable Exploratory Missions of a Young Mind

DSC_0353I am trying something new today. Recently, I was thinking about how our kids’ universe is so full of exploration and then… I decided to stop thinking, and actually start writing about it: Here is how my 2 year old explores his little universe and what exploration means to him.

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He begins his day with breakfast, I do not boast
Sometimes its oatmeal, and sometimes, egg and toast.

Breakfast over, off he goes, it’s time to play
His favorite thing to do, Monday through Sunday

Here’s a dump truck, there’s a choo choo
So many toys, so much to do

Then off to the bookshelf to pick up a book,
To pretend to read, make up words, and speak gobbledygook

Then run to the garden, dig up some soil and dirt
Get everything yucky; shoes, pants, and shirt.

…to my 2-year-old son, to explore is to

Flirt with his adventurous spirit – to fearlessly seek out the many outlets available (and some not) to him and to venture forth with all his courage and grit. It is to tame the untamed, to unearth the hidden, and to unleash the contained. It is to get into trouble but not consider the consequence. It is to consider the consequence but get into trouble any way. It is to chart the forsaken (by adults) aspects of the world around him.

…to my 2-year-old son, to explore is to

(Re)imagine his creativity, creatively. It is to turn crayons and little puffballs and craft sticks and pipe cleaners into dirt for dumping with his dump truck. It is to haul a bag of diapers and place it next to a laundry basket to make a path on which his tow truck can tread. It is to pour water on his Crocs to make water flow through holes instead of the otherwise non-holed and boring flow of water!

…to my 2-year-old son, to explore is to

Be a detective. It is to solve the many non-mysteries of adults as certified mysteries of a young mind. It is to surround himself with amazement and awe. It is to nonchalantly pick up a snail to survey it or touch a reptile at the zoo, unfazed. It is to put an empty water bucket on his head to find out how his voice booms on the inside. It is to fill a garbage truck with cars to see how many it can hold (thankfully these are all toys! Can you imagine, otherwise?).

…to my 2-year-old son, to explore is to

Test boundaries to determine parental limits. It is to be disobedient on purpose and then run around saying “phunny” with a smirk on his face. It is to sing during time-outs because those are just so much fun. It is to run around in a diaper because, why not? It is to chart his world trying to navigate the sometimes-tentative and sometimes-assertive balance between independence and dependence.

…to my 2-year-old son, to explore is to be all that he is and everything that he hopes to be while learning, discovering, and making sense of the world around him.

These are just a few examples of how my little two-year old explores his big universe. When he is arms and toes deep into the most recent thing that has captured his imagination, he will delve into it carefree and selectively ignorant about actions and consequences.

How enviable it is to be in a space that allows for such careless abandon to rule over your desires and let someone else worry about the consequences! How wonderful to see the world through the non-judgmental and innocent eyes of a young child! How captivating to be able to look at something for the first time and have that new memory perhaps forever etched in our mindscape.

Oh to be a child – The epitome of exploration itself!

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Inscrutable Exploratory Missions of a Young Mind

    1. Thank you.
      Your 2-year-old is in such an enviable birth order. To have a big brother and a little sister or vice versa is such a great joy to experience. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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