Last night my husband and I took our son, Hunter, out for dinner for his 7th birthday. We usually have my parents over for a birthday dinner, but since they were over just the other weekend for Thanksgiving, we decided to do something different. Also, it was time alone with him, without our other children.
While having dinner, there was another family there of Asian decent. My son has seen many people of other cultures, but I think what caught his attention most was their baby, similar in age to his younger brother.
Dinner was good, with us laughing and enjoying our time out, and just being able to concentrate on him alone without any interruptions. The staff brought over his birthday dessert, with a sparkler on top, singing their little tune, all while our son sat wide-eyed, taking it all in. My husband told him that he had to blow the sparkler out, and well, our son knew better, but tried anyway.
While driving on our way home, Hunter asked about people from different parts of the world. He then said something that not only made me laugh, but also made me think:
"If people in China want to come to a restaurant here, how do they cross the ocean?"
I thought it cute that he thought this, but then started thinking........we take for granted what we think our children know and just assume they know that all sorts of people live everywhere in the world, all mixed up in each country, especially here in Canada, and the United States. I had to explain this to him, and help him to understand this. Also, he knows about airplanes and that people get around in them from all parts of the world, but I guess he was confused about the timing, especially if you just wanted to come over for dinner!
So...what have I learned from this? Don't assume anything, both from your children and others in your life. As the old saying goes....When you ASSUME, it makes an ASS out of U and ME.
Until next time!