Like a lot of kids, our son is fascinated by wild animals and ancient dinosaurs.
He loves to dress-up and build habitats, watch documentaries, and read books about dinosaurs and crocodiles.
And, our son had been running around with an attached leopard tail that belonged to his sister’s halloween costume because it was the only tail he could find to pretend he was a full-fledged Spinosaurus when he’d create makeshift costumes.
I told him that we’d figure out a way to make a better tail. I considered cutting out scute-like ridges from cardboard, painting them green, or maybe cutting pieces of scaly felt and gluing them together to trail behind him.
I went to do some chore and forgot about the whole missing-dino-tail-and-I-promise-to-make-one predicament.
When I went back upstairs, I was reminded that I had forgotten that task when I saw our son, again.
But then, I was also reminded that it didn’t matter that I had forgotten, after all.
Our 5 year old son had figured out a perfectly workable and realistic solution, himself.
And, I must say….It is absolutely Brilliantastic.
Kids won’t allow a seeming lack of available resources to inhibit their goals.
It is refreshing to watch a mind work in creative ways
because it hasn’t learned to place boundaries on solutions.
A Child Will Build What His Mind Sees.
A Child Will Make Her Thoughts Come To Life.
I mean, I can almost not even see our son in this photo….He becomes a Spinosaurus down to those perfectly curled therapod claws and that realistic hissing roar that sounds like the ancient reptile actually needs to clear his throat.
Can You Just Hear It?
It’s A Good Lesson For Us All, To Remember, Really.
Don’t Just Love The Spinosaurus, Become The Spinosaurus.
Learn Everything You Can About That Spinosaurus.
Use Whatever You Find Available To Make Spinosaurus Happen.
Don’t Wait For Mom To Go To The Craft Store To Cut Green Scutes Out Of Tag Board.
There’s No Need For That Kind Of Unnecessary Delay!
(She’ll Probably Just Forget, Anyway!)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS PUT ON That Cheap Dollar Store Hat That You Begged Your Very-Resistant Mom To Buy (Because It Might Be A Buck, But, Seriously, How Long Is It Going To Last? Over A Year, Surprisingly),
TWIST That Over-Sized Pipe Cleaner Into The Neck Of Your T-Shirt Until The Head Hole Stretches To Fit A Beach Ball Through It When You Finally Take It Off To Make A Spiny Sail,
TUCK That Handy Plastic Pirate Chain Into Your Belt Loop (Which, Interestingly, Also Doubles As The Leash You Fasten Around Your 2nd Grade Sister’s Waist When You Pretend To Use Her As Bait To Catch Crocodiles) And Make A Long And Fearsome Tail,
CURL Your Fingers Into Terrible Three-Fingered Claws That Look Like Perfect Garden Rakes,
ROAR A Throaty Roar That Would Inflict Laryngitis On Lesser Humans, I Mean, Ancient Reptilian Crocodylomorphs…
AND STRIKE Fear Into The Hearts Of ALL The Other Dinosaurs In Your Imagination As They Tremble In The Sharp-Toothy Face Of Your Boundless Cleverness.
PROVE Just Why YOU Are The Apex Predator In This Food Web Of AWESOME…AGAIN.
WHEN YOU DO ALL THAT, YOU ARE A SPINOSAURUS.
When I see children solve problems by seeing the potential in
the simplest things that lay in front of them,
I am reminded that we, parents, might not be missing
as many spinosaurus tails as we thought we were.
The solutions to our everyday conundrums might just require
an adjusted approach,
a less conventional perspective,
or, at the very least,
one really awesome plastic party pirate chain.
Everyone should have one of those.