My sister’s family once again visited my home this past weekend. I’m really enjoying being so close to family. My 4 year old niece is proving to be a regular source of entertainment.

For those of you who aren’t around small children very often, you may not be aware of a show called The Wonder Pets. They are animated pets who travel the globe saving animals in trouble. They teach how important it is to share and work together. My niece loves to sing the theme song to the program. It is a catchy tune. While belting the song out in my living room, my 7 month old son decided to make a play for her favorite blanket. This is what I overheard:

“What’s gonna work…team work!”
“David, give me my blanket!
“What’s gonna work…team work!”
“No, David that is MINE!”

Ah, classic. She has such enthusiasm for the song. The concept is another story. I definitely enjoyed a giggle or two over that one. Kids are no different from adults though. Our actions often contradict our words.

A few weeks ago my niece’s dad had a laugh at his expense over something similar. We were decorating for a birthday party. My niece was getting carried away and started grabbing streamers and scissors from me without asking nicely if she could use them. Her father quickly intervened and told her how that wasn’t nice and that she needed to wait her turn and say please if she wanted to use something. She accepted his words and offered an apology. Not two breaths later her father was getting up on a chair to attach a streamer to the ceiling. While doing so he ordered “give me the tape” and swiped it from his daughter’s hands.  I enjoyed pointing out how he hadn’t waited his turn or asked nicely to use the tape. Watching dad apologize to daughter was sweet.

No matter what our age, we are all human.  When we take the time to pay attention we find reminders of that truth everywhere.

One Response to “Teamwork”

  1. beth says:

    It takes a lot of time to stay on top of manners and niceness. It never ends but it makes a difference.
    Good to know you have family close. It can make life much more rewarding to have family as a day-to-day occurrence.
    I prefer to have them just far enough away they can’t just drop in, however!