I have to be the luckiest aunt in the universe. I am blessed with some great nieces and nephews and I’m not just saying that because they are going to have to help Aunt Pam wipe the drool off her face when she’s older and more senile than she is today. I’ve a good mixture of genders and ages so I really get a cross section of the stages in a child’s life. They’re all still young so there’s lots of learning and exploring to experience. Whenever I feel stuck in a rut or down about something, I phone one of my siblings and ask for some kid time. Let me tell you, it’s one of the greatest gifts I give to myself. Getting down on the floor and playing make believe with some sticks and cardboard and miscellanea and coming up with a very plausible story out of it all is the best way to unlock one’s creative juices. I even learn stuff from them. I mean real stuff. One of them who’s just started reading chapter books, informed me that Teddy Roosevelt was president from 1901-1909 and when pressed about accuracy, pulled out the book and pointed to the section of text where it could be found. Remember I need irrefutable facts to believe a statement. But I can guarantee I’ll never forget the years of TR’s presidency ever! Kids don’t care if an audition went south or the car is acting up or whatever else ails you in the day. Kids are immediate in every sense of the word. Keeping me in the present and active in the conversation, not worrying about stuff that really doesn’t matter at the moment, can’t be resolved by fretting and most likely is just mind taffy anyway. It’s a super power they have and they don’t even know it. But if you look real close, you might see a few of them in capes zooming around. I’ll be right behind them trying to shake the cobwebs off my cape.