With curiosity I read Suz Lipman’s Slow Family entry:  Seeing at Child-Scale Helps us Slow Down, Appreciate More, and Play

She asked: What does it mean to be a child in a city, or anywhere? (Nature included.)   How does a child see things?  Highlighting a feature from The Hand-Made Play Collaborative in Tokyo, that involves Mammoth School, and shows how differently from adults -- a child’s perspective can be, it suggests a way to help many of us to slow down, appreciate and perceive more, and enhance play.

This was driven home when I attended a delightful outdoor adjunct program sponsored by the Kids EuroFestival in Wash. DC called "Put One Foot After the Other” (Step by Step – Journey of Life).  It was participatory theater (without words) that brought you to the world of children’s feet – literally!

Getting low and participating with the children reminded me of how intuitively these wee ones, for instance, know when a physical experience is at the right tempo (much slower than the typical adult is walking or riding) and hitting them right in their balance center “sweet spot”. 

Motion is at the center of every child's life and at the core of nearly every activity. 

As I observed some adults teetering and tumbling through antics simple for the children to do, it reminded me about the profound difference in center of gravity and that it may have been quite sometime since more than a few of the grown-ups physically experienced the view from a 25-40 inch perspective.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on November 28, 2011 at 9:33am

Hi Randy! I really appreciate our synchronicity on this and your added observations about center of gravity. It can be so easy for adults, even those who are with kids regularly, to forget some of the things that profoundly impact their world views and experiences. There is indeed a "sweet spot" of time, space, physicality and perception that, with children, changes all the time. This post, and the exercise you mention, may help some of us clue into that even more.

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