09 Feb Closing The Gap
I had my 8 year old with me at the salon the other day while I was getting my hair cut.
Sitting next to me, armed with his notebook, an insect book, a writing assignment, and a handful of Lego pieces…he was in his element. Even in the hair salon.
My boy is a very social person. One who makes friends with nearly every person he meets, and he is almost always the first one to start a conversation. He knows how to captivate a room, and it’s not uncommon for me to suddenly realize that his is the loudest voice I hear.
So often, we see what seems like a wide gap between our younger generations and our older ones. The social and technological changes that have taken place over the last 20, 40, 60 years are amazing and can make it hard for the generations to relate to one another.
Many times, our young people get “bored” without a modern electronic device of some kind, while our older generations can feel bewildered at the speedy, digitized versions of communication and play.
So, imagine my delight when I realize that this lovable, social kid of mine has done it again and made a new friend.
My 8 year old had this nice lady (trapped under a hair dryer) completely mesmerized and engaged with the intricacies of how to build and fly a Lego airplane. They talked, laughed, and related to each other without missing a beat.
Her minutes under the hair dryer ‘flew’ by, as did his time waiting for my hair cut to be finished.
My son’s social energy wears me out a lot of the time, but I am so thankful for his willingness to put himself out there. He has a great heart for people, and wants everyone to know they’re loved.
He wants to do with, be with, learn with the people he is around. Techno-gadgets or not, he has the drive to engage with you, thriving on human interaction and hoping that you thrive on it too.
Bridging the gap between generations isn’t so hard, really. It just takes Legos in the hair salon! And a willingness to slow ourselves down long enough to engage people, as people.
We can all do that, right?
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