Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Hole to China

When I was a little girl my family spent a lot of time at the beach. I even had a fringed shirt that said "Beach Bunny" on it!

One of the many activities that kept my attention was digging a hole to China. Did anyone else ever do that? I can't be the only one. Can I?

It occurred to me that no one ever told me I couldn't do it. I don't have a single memory of any grown-up saying that it was impossible to dig a hole through the earth and end up in China.

In my head, I started to form a metaphor about letting kids have dreams and ambitions. About never letting them think anything was impossible and the adults all wishing they could have the hope of a child.

But then, suddenly, I realized why no one ever told me that digging a hole to China is impossible.

Think about it. What reason can you think for not telling a super chatty child that she can't actually dig a hole deep enough and that she'd die from the molten core long before China was even an option?

Yep. Now that I'm a mom, I totally get it. If any of my children ever want to dig a hole to China I'll be happy to let them try while I enjoy the beauty of the beach.


  1. Oh but please don't forget about about letting kids have dreams and ambitions, never letting them think anything was impossible. And we adults CAN have the same "hope" we exercised as children who didn't "know any better" ... or did we :)

    1. I do Babs! You should hear the dreams Charlotte has for her life! The only one I ever try to pull her back on is when she starts talking about which of her boy friends she might marry. No need for her to rush into that world this young!


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