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Next week, Little Bean will turn four! It seems like it's been a long time that I've been telling people he's "almost four" because he's such a big kid. Now he's finally going to be four. He's asked me for a Batman cake and we'll be celebrating his birthday with family at the spray park near our house.
Little Bean is only one of his nicknames. Sometimes he's my Doodle Bug or simply D but most of the time he's my little jumping bean because he has so much energy. It seems like he's been on the go ever since he was born. He was only eleven days old when he flipped over from his stomach to has back...which is crazy but he did it at least a dozen times.
This kid is the very definition of curious. I've been at a writing retreat for Choice Literacy contributors and we received the book A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. The book starts with this quote from e.e. cummings:
"Always the beautiful answer
Who asks a more beautiful question."
I've only read the first twenty pages but I love how it celebrates curiosity and wonders how the world might be different if we truly encouraged questioning instead of stifling it. On page twelve it says, "mischievous What if I take this apart? childhood stories are common among questioners" and reading this made me instantly think of my Little Bean and all the stories I can about him testing out his curiosity. The boy cannot resist jumping in a puddle, pushing any button he comes upon, and arguing, "But I want to". As a parent, it's not always easy to be patient and sometimes my frustration shows. I'm so glad to read more of this book and to think closely on how I might encourage Little Bean's curiosity while still making sure he stays safe and doesn't demolish my house.
Who are the curious people in your life? What are some ways they challenge the status quo? How might we learn from these constant questioners?