The Boy, The Peanuts and Toxic Waste

My son loves toxic waste!

What the hell am I teaching him…

We got two packages delivered by UPS yesterday, big boxes filled with little items and topped off with a veritable bounty of foam peanuts to which James Arthur exclaimed:  Whoooooaaaaaaaaahhh  Yuk at da, yuk at da, yuk… (which is toddler speak for WOW I’ve never seen anything like this but I love it but I don’t know what to call it but WOW).

My thoughts were already tainted by the fact that the packages were 10% item and 90% peanuts so when he went to dive in I got upset and told him no.  I didn’t understand why I was telling him no I just didn’t want him to play with the very playable peanuts.  I mean there are some practical applications to the nuts and it’s easy to see why a child would want to play all day with these things, just not my child!

So what’s the story?  What’s the problem?  Sally and I discussed our opinions on it ( I should mention that the opinions were discussed while he was neck deep in a box of peanuts) and we differ on our beliefs.  She says if she had to think about what was wrong with a box of foam peanuts she’d have to think about what’s wrong with everything and she asked if I could just be present with him in his joy of playing.  I asked her if she thought there was anything wrong with teaching him that these peanuts are ok to have in the world and that I could see how simply being present with would allow me to view the peanuts and the boy in a different light.

She took some pictures.  It was super cute.  But I can’t get over the thought that my boy is playing in toxic waste…I guess it’s ok though – as long as he’s having fun!

Tags: , , ,

One response to “The Boy, The Peanuts and Toxic Waste”

  1. tabbymarie says :

    I guess also he might not really understand what toxic waste is and instead of developing a good understanding, he might just go “ew.. toxic!” and brush it off, without a curiosity of what makes it toxic. Maybe.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

myserenewords

Seeking Solace in the Horizon of Life & Beyond.

Phoebe, MD: Medicine + Poetry

Health • Inspiration • Life

The Wild Heart of Life

"He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life." ...James Joyce

Wild Like the Flowers

Rhymes and Reasons

Inner Peace

True wealth is the wealth of the soul

SUBDUED FLAMBOYANCE

A blog by Dr. Abhinav Majumder

Life...Take 2

I hope that someone sees this page and decides not to give up...

Otrazhenie

Reflection

thedihedral.wordpress.com/

Climbing, Outdoors, Life!

Be Inspired..!!

Listen to your inner self..it has all the answers..

Elan Mudrow

Smidgens

Bitter Gertrude

Blogging about Culture, Equity, and the Arts since 2013

Engage!

Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Musings and books from a grunty overthinker

%d bloggers like this: