Thursday, April 29, 2010

Childhood Skies

Children ask lots of questions - lots and lots of questions. They also have wonderful imaginations. Interests and fascinations come and go, but stars, planets and spaceships seem to be a reoccurring theme for my boys. Their ceiling and walls are covered with glow in the dark stars, carefully placed to resemble the night sky.

As they settle in for bed, the intensity and rate of which the questions are asked increases dramatically.

“Can we live on Mars? Can I go to space? Would you come with me too?”

Young imaginations can quickly spark overwhelming feelings. The questions turn to tears as my son expresses that he has changed his mind and does not want to go to space, because he does not want to leave his mom and dad. Reassurance follows with me telling him that he doesn’t have to go to space if he doesn’t want to.

Very quickly the questions resume, and I do my best to answer.

“How is God everywhere? Why do we live on Earth? What holds Earth up in space?

All right. You ask wonderful questions, but now it is time to go to sleep.

To me this song is a snapshot in time. The wonder and innocence of a five year old and his little brother.