Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Dream of a Child

The other day we were spending some quality family time building a deck flooring for our temporary tent arctic entry that extends into our future home.  It was a day full of laughter, strategizing, measuring, sawing, screwing, and problem solving all while working together as a team.  Pretty special day if you ask me!

During the prep work for the flooring, we were set to the task by the boss man of leveling the ground which we attacked with shovels and a rake.  When Tucker got to a particularly hard section of stubborn ice he couldn't break up, Stretch directed him to the pick ax in the storage tent (we have a lot of tents currently on our property.)  After instructions in safety for others and toes, Tucker decimated the ice block within a few minutes.  He then decided the random spilled concrete patches around the area needed destroyed.

After some much needed further slow motion form and movement tutorial from Stretch, which was impressive and had my heart pitter-pattering *wink,wink*, Tucker was off with a vengeance.  After decimating every possible patch and several large rocks, he decided that he'd make a good miner, which we wholeheartedly agreed with.
That got us talking about mining and the wonderful people we know who mine.  I asked him what kind of miner he wanted to be.  Of course, he replied that he'd be a gold miner.  We briefly talked about the different type of gold miners and how a pick ax operator would be an important skill for either type.  We also talked about whether he'd want to work for a mine or own his own.  After thinking not so long, he decided he'd own his own.  Here's approximately how the conversation continued:

Tucker: I'd like to own my own gold mine when I turn 13.

Me:  13, huh? (At the time, I wondered at the seemingly random age thrown out there, but as I think about it in my 10-year-old son's mind, it make sense.  Most of the 13-year-olds we know are incredibly capable individuals who would be able to do just about anything physically and intellectually they wanted to if they put their effort to it.  Plus it's an attainable age that makes the dream realistic.  So...13 it is!)

Tucker: Yeah, 13.  Could I own my own mine at 13?

Me: Probably.  However, maybe what you'll want to do is talk to our friends about coming up for the summer and interning at their mine.  That way you'd learn what is needed to mine beyond a pick ax, and you'd get to see if you truly like mining.  Then, if you still want, maybe our friends would help us get you a mine that you can own when you are 14.  How does that sound?

Tucker:  Do you think they'd give me some of the gold we mine?

Me:  Well, you'd have to work that out with them when you negotiate the terms of your internship.

Tucker:  Cool.

Very.  It's amazing to me that when you give children room and time to dream and explore, they find a world of opportunities available.  When they aren't stressed with quizzes, tests, and homework, they find that they actually love learning new things.  I never would've thought Tucker would be so interested in mining, and when we were stuck in our rut of getting all the school work done, I may never had realized that.  The kids now spend their time doing the things they truly enjoy and are finding that their interests are a heck of a lot more varied then we originally thought.  Sure, the boys still are obsessed with anything superhero related and can't get enough of Minecraft, but now we're also excited about bird biology and gold mining along with other interests.  So, while we are waiting for 13 to come along, we'll maybe go for a few visits with our friends.  Maybe find some exciting videos or books about mining (if there are any).  And who knows....maybe my 14 year-old-son will find enough gold to buy his little mama something nice.

1 comment:

  1. I have just read your post and I would like to say that yes spending time with family is the best time that you can ever have because that's the only time that helps you build your character. Tell me time is best thank you for sharing.