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Because it’s Not “Just Trash”

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“I’m a collector, Mommy.”

Words I hear almost every time we leave the house.

Make no mistake about it, my son is on constant watch for found items.

When do we lose this?  When do we lose that sense of wonder where every found trinket is TREASURE?  I’d like to think I never lost it, which is why I find it easy to embrace his love of found objects – but I surely don’t pick up such treasures.  I know, however, that some have lost it.  I know this as I stand on the playground and watch as a little boy is crushed when he has to dispose of his beloved bottle cap because “it’s just trash”.  I get it.  I do.  It’s okay.  It’s just an observation I’ve made on more than one occasion….and it makes me kind of sad.

Sometimes I create a boundary – like when there are about seven sticks/rocks already in the back of my car – among other items – ready to make the trek home with us.  Most of the time, I embrace it in hopes of and trusting that it will lead to something fantastic like this…..

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OR THIS….

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OR THIS….

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USING HIS COLLECTED ROCKS TO CREATE A GRAVE SITE FOR JET PACK (our kitty that died)
AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROCESS WHAT HAPPENED AND CONNECT AS A FAMILY

I imagine most just see a circle of rocks.


“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” 
~ Carson

Embracing the “trash” can lead to moments you will treasure.
~ Play at Home Mom LLC

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My son used all of his found objects – collected over a number of months – to build a machine.  I don’t have pictures of the process, but I do have a video after completion…..

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

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- AK (MESE, MECD)

 

 

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