The brunette twin is full of attitude lately. She was sitting in church watching the acolytes when she asked if she could be an acolyte. I told her she could when she was a little older. She said, "I could do it now. It's not fair. Grown-ups don't think kids can do anything, but we can. We could do a lot of stuff if you'd let us."
Wow! Talk about being put in your place. I told her I thought she could be an acolyte starting in the fall. This made her happy.
I asked her what she meant when she said grown-ups don't let kids do anything. She gave me five or six examples of things that happened where adults told her she was too young or little to do something. I thought that the adults were right in only one or two cases. I thought she was right in most cases. I'd bet that given a little direction and some practice, she could have done the things on her list.
So I made her a promise. I'd try to remember that she was a big girl and let her do more things. She promised to tell me when she thought she could do something, even when I tell her I think she's too young or little to do something.
I see big changes in my perspective. My babies are growing up and I need to remember that they are more capable that I'd like to believe.