So why are puddles so appealing and irresistible to kids? Could it be the sound of the splash, the chance unexpected encounter, water as a symbol of life? Maybe it’s a little of all of these things, but I think mostly kids love to splash in puddles because it’s fun.
The puddles on the trail that day reminded me that the snow blanketing our yards and roads actually was beginning to melt, the temperatures were beginning to shift, and spring would eventually arrive. So I called up the child in me and joyfully splashed through a few puddles myself – to celebrate spring, and just because it’s fun!
In the video I mentioned I am always particularly drawn to the way the dog just stands quietly and waits until the child is ready to pick up the leash and continue the journey. To me, it’s a lesson in finding opportunities for spontaneous joy and acting on it. I think we need more of that in this world!