Can you hold the door open?

I asked a preschooler, “Can you hold the door open?“.  She opened the door for her grandmother and asked, “Is this big enough for your fatness?”

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That child is now 27 years old. She loves that story because to her it shows the great love she has for her grandmother. She shares that to a child, bigger is better, and you need to make sure you open your heart and doors for those you love. You want to make sure you are taking care of them. Love is measured in size to a young child. When you ask a very young child how big she is, she often stretches her arms and says, “SOOO big.” She is proud of her bigness. She is happy to be growing and happy to share her growing love.

Somehow that happiness does not translate into media and advertising. Unrealistic expectations start to follow us quickly as we leave early childhood. If we could look at each other as swelling with love, what a difference that could make. Body Image Statistics say that more than half of American ten year olds wish they were thinner. The  majority of adults also have some issue with their body image. If we could see ourselves as filled with love instead of filled with fatness, we just may find more room for peace.

  • What size door opening would you need to let your spirit of love pass through?
  • Would you be able to squeeze through a crack or would you need a door wide open?
  • Will you hold the door for someone this week and silently think about the size they may need?

“When we lose twenty pounds…we may be losing the best twenty pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.”
 Woody Allen

The Power of Preschoolers can change your life…..if you let it.

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4 thoughts on “Can you hold the door open?

  1. Thanks for helping me relive a special memory I share with that wonderful grandaughter .

    • Now the “secret” is out who this story is about. Glad you enjoyed a trip down memory lane.

  2. I love this story! It really opens your mind to different meanings of being “big”. You are a wonderful writer Sheila!

    • I don’t really “write”. I just let my fingers move around.:) I hope you will be able to see the beauty in the growing “bigness” of your daughter. Your world is getting bigger every minute. I hope love continues to multiply.

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