When I was home for the holidays, I brought some Christmas presents over to my friends house for her girls, ages 2 and 4.
The little one napped for most of my visit but the older couldn’t wait to rip her present open and get it set-up. I’d intentionally brought a game so that she’d have something fun to do while her mom and I caught up.
But after about 10 minutes of flipping apples into a plastic donkey’s mouth, little Nora got bored and went into the other room. Her mom and I fell into adult conversation before I realized how unusual it was to be getting some quality airtime, just the two of us.
I was a bit concerned, and also curious, so I stopped and asked, “where did Nora go?” And her mom shrugged it off, “oh, she’s probably watching Youtube videos of little kids playing with Barbies. She could sit there for hours and watch.”
I don’t have kids, and the internet wasn’t an option when I was little, so I was intrigued. It didn’t make sense. So kids like to watch other kids playing with toys rather than play with something themselves?
I know adults are like magnets to people who express themselves authentically but I’d never considered this attractive for kids too. It’s all I could think about on the hour drive back to my mom’s house.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, your sovereignty will always inspire others to find their own sovereignty. So, you just being you, is a bigger gift to others than anything you physically give will ever be.
So go and do something that you love to do and share it with someone, the rest doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.