Children Get It Right

The Magical Way Children Connect

Ellen Baker
2 min readDec 3, 2021

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Christmas isn’t as easy this year. My grandson wants everything as usual. But with all the shortages and my limited amount of time to shop, I came up with an idea. We went to Walmart and my grandson showed me what he wanted for Christmas.

In the toy section, Bentley hurtled from aisle to aisle, making selections. A woman was there with a boy about his age. Bentley has never been the least bit shy. In his typical fashion, he struck up a conversation with the boy. Soon they were racing down the aisles, discussing the toys.

It turned out that the woman was a foster parent. She said the boy had not lived with her very long and hadn’t made many friends yet. We talked for a while and exchanged phone numbers so the boys could get together.
Their first playdate is next week. It’s a scavenger hunt, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

The point is that children get it right. They don’t hesitate to initiate a conversation. They don’t worry that the other child will think they are weird. They can use any interest at all to connect with someone else. If adults took a cue from children, the world would be less messed up.

Here is a story from Christina in Coffee Times:

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Ellen Baker

Writing about the wonderful life of Nana/Mom, retired person who forgets she is not young anymore, and whatever else lghts an inner fire.