I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many places in the world. We like to travel and see different parts of the world. Some countries we go back to and others, it’s a new adventure.
But, the common thread I find in th various places, towns, on airplanes and in cities, are that young children are mostly the same in curiosity level. They want to know who you are, where you come from.
For instance, walking down a street in a Panamanian village, kids as well as adults, looked upon us gringos with our nap sacks peaking into stores. In Colombia, it was clear that we were outcasts in a Festival de Diablos (Festival of the Devils) and the young kids came and threw lots of flour on us to turn us white to be the same. (I wasn’t sure why we got pelted – maybe because I was going after the kids and they kept coming at me, laughing! Plus I don’t know how much whiter we could get!😊)
Then there are the times we went to the carpet shops. That wasn’t fun – chil labor at its best in Egypt. This is when an educator has a difficult time seeing these big eyes look at you saying, “Please take me away.” (How do you change that culture? They take young kids to weave the rugs because they have small, thin fingers. Talk about something out of a Dickens Tale of Two Citirs!
But, as always, it strikes me that kids are the same. They want to learn, they want to dream, they want to be curious, they want to be creative. Let’s pave these opportunities in our schools and classrooms and let our kids be curious and creative! We need to do that, so let get going.