When Chris was still working his regular 8-5 PM gig, the kids and I did quite a bit of traveling on our own. We visited the Houston Children’s Museum on the weekend of their grand re-opening a year or so ago. We loved it so much that the kids were really excited to bring Chris there while we were in ‘the area.’ It took about an hour to get there from Galveston but we needed a break at the time. We were stuck in the swirl of fixing broken things and decided to re-focus. This was just what we needed to get us back on the track of doing what we love with the people we love.
It was mobbed during the grand opening and it was mobbed again when we went together a few weeks ago. It was before school was back in but I wonder if it matters in a city as big and congested as Houston. It is a fabulous museum and really can’t be enjoyed all in one day but we did our best!
Elijah planned and built a town. It was interesting and cool to see his vision of what would be important:
Apartments, parking garage, grocery store, ball fields, recreation area, playground, art museum, city hall, restaurants, performing art center, farm.
Police station, industry, office buildings, schools.
I’ve given up trying to zoom in on other photos of his calculated town assembly to see what else he left out. I just remember at the time thinking how much simpler, easier, more joyful, and present life will be when all children are loved and supported and respected thereby generating the same awarenesses in themselves- of themselves, others, and the world around them. The world will change and I am ready.
Fearless Sadie has been wanting to climb a wall like this for a while now but circumstances just haven’t worked out. She actually got a little nervous when it was her turn but climbed almost all of the way around the wall anyway. It felt good to stand there and support her in whatever decision felt right while reminding her of her longstanding desire to <try>. There was no need to get all the way around or all the way to the top. She got on and squealed and wavered and conquered the momentary fear of <trying>.
I highly recommend this museum… and focusing on what’s important.