Generous Spirits

I continue to be in awe of the generous spirit of children.

Thomas and Darwin don’t know one another well but have found common interest in moving cars through tubes.

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They line the cars up, drop them through the tube where a waiting transport vehicle moves them.

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But various obstacles emerge, a toddler who wants the cars, a parent who takes the tube, a wandering alligator (a plastic specimen held by another child) who growls and threatens destruction, an adult shushing when Thomas and Darwin revert to vocal defence of the alligator.

To all of this Thomas and Darwin maintain equilibrium, adapting, placating, offering cars to the toddler, inviting the alligator to play,  and finding a train track that will substitute for the absconded tube. No one commends the accommodations made by Thomas and Darwin, in fact the adults seem to expect it.

Would an adult be so generous?

About Kim

Kim is an admitted ECE geek. She and Danielle have bonded over their shared geekdom and have come to terms with it. She is a pedagogical facilitator working with educators in a number of early learning settings supporting and extending new thinking and practice. She loves reading, writing, talking and sharing ideas about the potentials of teaching and learning with ece's and young children. ECE geeks unite!

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