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One Parent’s Trash Is Another Kid’s Treasure


What an Adult Sees What a Child Sees

Kids and adults differ on a lot of points. The way they each look at things can be so different that sometimes it defies logic that adults were ever kids themselves. At what point does a penny become just a lame fake-out for a dime when searching your pockets for something to feed a parking meter? When do things that will fit in your mouth and taste yummy or interesting become gross and nasty? At what point does the appearance and style of our footwear become more important than the utter, incomparable comfort of shoes that have worn into like a second skin? If you’re expecting an answer from me, you missed the point of my question marks. I don’t friggin’ know!


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16 Responses to “One Parent’s Trash Is Another Kid’s Treasure”

  1. Lacey S says:

    Haha… when I was a kid I got into a lot of trouble because of this difference in perception. What I saw as an amazing pirate treasure of rubies and emeralds, my mom saw as the glass rounds and beveled squares she needed to finish a stained glass commission, dammit!! … wonder if she ever found where I buried them…

  2. Pam says:

    One time my son grabbed some black and white beads i waas making earrings with and threw them to the floor and started kicking the little soccer balls! Also same with seed beads so tiny and so hard to pick up out of the carpet!

  3. MotherDuck says:

    This happened last night:
    My seven year old, “Mommy, don’t throw away that shoe box, it has a secret treasure in it.”
    I opened the box wearily expecting anything from a quarter to a dead bird but see that it’s empty and look quizzically at my daughter.
    “I said it was secret, so it’s invisible!”

    I guess she really wanted that shoe box.

    • Andy says:

      Wow! I love that! I was mentally guess what things it could be as I was reading and the payoff was better than all my guesses. πŸ™‚

  4. CourtneyS says:

    My 5 year old is so notorious for taking random junk, it’s actually a problem. She saves every scrap of paper, broken costume jewelery, toys, cutlery, anything. Once a week we have to purge her room. I think she had a minor hoarding problem. Is it possible for 5 year olds to hoard?

  5. Kids are born explorers. Having been jaded by life’s experiences, parents forget this trait from time to time. I personally love my children’s sense of wonder. Admittedly, the rapid fire questions about everything under the Sun can try this Dad’s patience, but such is life. See Jaded Life Experience above.

    Another great visual insight Andy. Thanks sir.

    Vincent |

    • Andy says:

      So true. It’s so important to try to remember this, too.

      You are most welcome, but you should know Charlie helped me with the kid views, I’ve been swamped and he came to my rescue.

  6. Jen says:

    I LOVE how my 3 yr old sees the world. we passed a Shell station, and he said “Do we have to go into the glove store” (was more like ‘glub” store). It took me a few min’s to figure out what in the world he was talking about, but i finally saw it in the logo.. Also, he tells me about the most amazing pirate dreams he has. i want to be in his head for a day!!!

  7. Dax says:

    Actually my son of two and a half, seems to think coins are a mystical treat. Well either that, or he thinks he is a slot machine.

  8. Juliana says:

    small treasures we find so hard to remove when fallen into carpets ect but so easily found as buried treasure by these little treasure hunters..hihihi

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