This past winter, the UK’s Channel 4 aired a program called “The Secret Lives of 4-Year-olds,” where-in these little tots with adorable (to my American sensibility) British accents are filmed going about making friends and negotiating their day in a nursery school. Here’s the full episode, but perhaps one of the funniest moment is this phone call Jessica makes while playing mom. “Stop ringing me Richard. You’re not the dad.” Kids are such sponges!
This is of course of particular interest to me now that we have a 4-year-old (a wildly energetic, wonderfully sweet one). As he gets older, there are more and more activities for him that don’t require parental participation. He started the mini-program with Davis Swim Team and walked over to meet the coach and the other kids all by himself. So all glimpses into those worlds—like the preschool classroom—are fascinating.
Yesterday was actually his first day back at school—his last year before kindergarten; he’s one of the big kids there now. And I took him to a little social there they day before. I spotted a list of names on the wall, his included, and beside each was something he or she worries about followed by a possible way to “fix” it should the fear be realized. I took a picture, because it’s just so wonderful. There’s so much personality in each one. (And poor Sawyer.)
I’ll but transcribe it and change the names except Hudson’s.
Mike—worried that his paper heart will rip (art project) / Fix: see-through tape
Kalen—worried about his Captain America book ripping / Fix: read my ant-man book!
Hudson—my doggy dying / Fix: get a new doggy!
Jake—monsters eating people!! / Fix: shoot the monster
Eli—that my shoes are going to rip / Fix: get someone to sew them
Candice—that my doggy’s hair would fall off / Fix: tell my mommy.
Here are some other items of note…