Okay, I have fallen behind in my writing assignments because I have had a ton of shows due to the fact that this is nationally the “Week of the Young Child”. I am not sure why they need their own week, because with holidays, birthdays, and awards for everyone for just about everything, young children are celebrated all the time!
The assignment was to compare and contrast 2 things in the form of a dialog. Seeing as I have been dealing with young children and we have been nationally celebrating young children, I have decided to compare and contrast the adult mind and the mind of a child. Representing the adult point of view will be myself. Speaking for the young child will be four year Joey C. who was the boy they called Little Joe (while I was called Big Joe) when I was a preschool teacher. Joey C is now in his mid 20’s (hang on, need to process that…), but when he was 4 he was quite the character so a conversation with him would have been very interesting and would have gone a little something like this…..
Big Joe: We are here to compare and contrast the mind of an adult and the mind of a child because we want to enlighten those who read this blog.
Little Joe: I was told we were doing this to get cookies!
Big Joe: So let’s talk about adults and kids. Adults have to worry about getting things like food, clothing, shelter, and possessions.
Little Joe: Kids pretty much get all those things handed to them and some other cool stuff like birthdays, Christmas (or Hanukah) and other random holidays so we pretty much don’t have to worry about anything.
Big Joe: Adults strive to live to their potential and reach their goals.
Little Joe: For kids the bar is set pretty low. If I pee in the potty they throw a parade for me!
Big Joe: Adults can be mean to each other and sometimes do not act nice.
Little Joe: Ditto.
Big Joe: Adults can also be very kind and will share with others.
Little Joe: What is this “share” word you speak of?
Big Joe: Adults have lots of freedom and can do what they want.
Little Joe: Kids don’t have as much freedom but one well thrown tantrum and that all changes!
Big Joe: One of our many freedoms is we can stay up as late as we want!
Little Joe: You can, but if you’re anything like my mom and dad you’re in bed by 9:30. On the other hand, my bedtime is 7 but as far as sleep goes, well that’s another matter.
Big Joe: Adults can eat all the candy they want.
Little Joe: Yes but how much candy do they want?
Big Joe: Not much actually.
Little Joe: That’s pretty sad!
Big Joe: Adults have some really cool toys.
Little Joe: Have you seen my playroom? Enough said!
Big Joe: Adults go to school, then to college, then work hard so they can eventually retire and have an easy life.
Little Joe: Kids already have an easy life so I don’t understand what’s so good about being an adult.
Big Joe: I guess you’re right, now I’m kind of bummed out.
Little Joe: I know what will cheer you up!
Big Joe: Cookies?
Little Joe: BINGO!