Lessons from a three-year-old

Saturday my niece, Lily had a birthday at McDonalds.  She and about ten other three-year-olds traversed the bold-colored plastic playground before they dove into their hamburgers and French fries.  Always the participator, I ignored the sign that read “children 48 inches and smaller only,” and took my turn in the blue, static-filled, winding slide. 


It was a blast.  It was freedom at it’s finest.  (Except when I almost got stuck!) Entering into those plastic tubes was like entering into the carefree world of a child.  I learned a few things that I hope I will never forget. 


  • Everyone’s a friend, even strangers. 

  • Sometimes they laugh for no apparent reason. 

  • They’re always ready to be comforted when they hurt. 

  • And most importantly, they haven’t been taught to care what people think. 


Read those again and ask yourself, when was the last time you acted like a three-year-old? 


9 Responses to “Lessons from a three-year-old”

  • Abbi Zeliff says:

    GREAT lessons. My favorite–laughing for no reason. :) I’ll admit, #4 is SUCH a struggle for me. I’m getting better. Being around those nieces and nephews of yours sure helps! They are such a blessing to me, as are you. :) I love you, friend!!

  • Cindy Beall says:

    Okay, so what about another lesson….Pee whenever you want. Noah did one day smack dab in the middle of the play place. We were in the middle of potty training many years ago.

    How does that lesson apply? Well, I have no problem using public restrooms.

    This has no spiritual application whatsoever.

  • mandy says:

    so true. i have a nephew who’s almost three… he teaches me SO much!

    great blog

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    Abbi–the hardest for me is being comforted when I’m hurting…
    Cindy–somehow peeing whenever we want is trained right out of us!
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    Jimmy–Thanks for the blog post…

  • aaron says:

    it’s all fun….until the static electricty hits!!
    Play in the plastic tubes then come out and touch someone one the nose with your finger…lots of fun!

  • I learn so much from my kids!

    haven’t been taught to care what people think.

    If they can hold on to this, they will be a step ahead of the game!

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