Ray and I recently enjoyed a popcorn, cider, and movie night with some of our grandchildren and their parents. The children got to pick the movie. They chose one they had just seen less than a week before. They knew everything that was about to happen and anticipated scene after scene with delight.
Before the movie began, one of the children told me, “You are sitting here.” I complied happily. My spot was the middle of a loveseat with a child on my right, a child on my left, and a child in my lap. I peeked first on one side of the curly head in front of my face and then on the other, while all the children watched, laughed, wiggled, and gave me a play by play:
“This is my favorite part!”
“Watch this, Little.”
“He’s going to . . . “
“Don’t tell what’s going to happen!”
They laughed with abandon at one silly antic after another, all the while making sure I didn’t miss a single moment. They relished telling me what was happening at the moment, what had just happened, and what was going to happen next. They enjoyed the movie immensely themselves, but they also made sure that I was sharing every moment with them.
I have several takeaways from our movie night:
Children love silliness.
Children aren’t embarrassed to laugh with abandon.
Children want to share their joys with those they love.
We have much to learn from children.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
and weep with those who weep.
So whoever will humble himself like this child,
he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.