The Simplicity of Childhood

This afternoon, after checking in at our hotel and wandering out for a bite to eat, we went for a walk in the neighborhood. After a morning of travel with a lot of “behave…or else” threats hanging over their heads, the kidlings needed to blow off some steam. We found a lovely park with a playground across from the Sagrada Familia.

Within mere minutes of arriving, Pea was squealing with delight on a teeter-totter which was also being ridden on by an equally squealing girl about her age. They were soon joined by the little girl’s big brother, who, having put his sibling in the center, proceeded to rock it so hard that Pea was begging to get off. I was quite surprised to hear an American accent tell him “stop–she really wants to get off!”

Pea hopped off and headed for the climbing frame, joined by the little girl. It wasn’t long before they were whispering in each others ears and giggling conspiratorially….

…and then holding hands as they whizzed down the slides together!!

In the meantime, Boo had hopped on the teeter totter and was playing with the big brother who turned out to be the same age as him also. They compared notes on what grade they were in, school, and the levels they had reached on Angry Birds.

It was hard leaving the park, when the time came – they were having such a great time, yes, but mores because, literally, they wouldn’t leave each other. “Can Pea come to my house (hotel?)” “yeah, can V come over?” We did eventually manage to leave, but not before they’d given each other about eight or nine of the biggest squeezey hugs I’ve ever seen Pea give, like long lost friends.

Wouldn’t life be so simple if we could play with whomever we liked, if we didn’t see color or race but simply the person underneath? What if life were as simple as “I like your unicorn Crocs – do you want to play on the slide some more?”

It’s this bit of childhood that I wish I could lock down and let her hold onto forever.


  1. They aren’t going to be on the ship are they? Can’t wait to hear how excited they get when they see the ship..

  2. Gmom Phyl says

    Amazing. Beautiful pictures. The effect of Sagrada Familia on its surroundings. Have a wonderful time.

  3. Reed Browning says

    Beautiful story. Thanks.

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