Children talk about lots of things while they’re working. Some conversations are mundane. Some are profound. Some are silly. Some give us insight into children’s hopes and fears, and how they’re organizing ideas about themselves and the world around them.
Today, while Rowan and Jack were building paper sculptures, they had a long and winding conversation that touched on favorite toys, parents, holidays, and more. There was a brief exchange in the middle that was very sweet and gives us a peek into the special nature of their friendship as well as their questions about what it means to grow older and bigger.
Rowan: [holding up four fingers] On my next birthday, I’m gonna be this many.
Jack: Yeah, me too. We’re gonna be big buddies.
Rowan: But we’re gonna keep snuggling, right?
Jack: I don’t know if we can.
Rowan: Why not?
Jack: We’ll be too big. Well, maybe we can bend our legs to make room for other people.
What first seems a question about what give up as we get older, turns out to be a question about what it means to get bigger—and whether they will still fit into the Rainey Room cozy corner. As the children are becoming increasingly aware of their growing strength, size, and independence, there is excitement but also uncertainty. How do things change as we occupy more space in the world? What do we gain and lose? Only time will tell. Of course, it helps to have good friends by your side (and in your cozy corner) as you navigate this big new world.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.