Get away with it while you still can
Children can be so adorable and funny. They just don’t know what life’s all about, and they have yet to be corrupted by anything. But they’re also learning about how the world works and how to socialize with other people. While they can be sweet and innocent, they can also do bad things because they just don’t understand how bad it is yet. Or maybe they do and know they can get away with it.
When I was little, for whatever reason, I was fixated on how hilarious sneezing was. Remember that part in Beauty and the Beast where Belle’s dad sneezes in his dusty workshop? I would rewind that and watch it over and over and laugh and laugh.
Fast forward to kindergarten: somehow I find out that a girl in the first grade has a terrible pollen allergy. I pick a handful of dandelions and chase her, smashing them into her face whenever I get close enough.
The plan works! She’s sneezing like crazy! This is the pinnacle of humor!
But wait: she’s sneezing, but she’s also crying. And wheezing. And her face is swollen and red.
This was the first time my little-kid brain grasped the idea that other people might feel differently about things than you do. (clocksailor)
At my school near the playground, I found some random cinder blocks, so I piled TONS of fallen leaves on them till they were completely covered, in hopes that some kids would run and jump onto the leaves but hurt themselves on the cinder blocks. (sloressica)
Not my story, but something I witnessed. A few years back, I visited the Great Wall of China on a rainy day. The rain had brought out THOUSANDS of tiny 1-inch frogs. There were at least 8 frogs on each step, and us tourists had to actively avoid stepping on them.
Behind me was a little girl no older than 6 who was stomping on every frog she could see. She probably wasn’t even thinking much about what she was doing. Her father grabbed her hand and said “Stop doing that. Now this little frog’s babies won’t be able to find their mommy. If you kill them, who will they go home to?”
I have never watched guilt strike over anyone’s face so quickly. She whimpered a “sorry froggy…” and avoided the frogs the rest of the way.
Warmed up my heart. (coffeecakesandtea)