Story time again! Yes, I love children’s stories and the meanings that they can hold for adults, as well as children.
This book has been another favorite of my toddlers at work. I could recite the book by memory, but I won’t. I will say though that it is adorable to hear my little ones recite some of it. I will say a word or 2 and off they go. They are starting to read. Yes, it is by memory for them, but isn’t that how reading starts. Makes my heart smile to see them pick up a book and start “reading” it. 🙂
What meaning does this book hold? A lesson on worry. Mama llama says goodnight and tucks little llama in and all is well. That is until little llama’s mind starts to wonder. What if Mama llama is gone, what if he never sees her again. He calls her name and waits, but she still hasn’t come. Where could Mama llama possibly have gone? He starts to fret and throw a fit and ….
Here is where the meaning hits home. We, as adults, may not throw fits anymore like little llama. We may not stomp the floor and start to wail, but how often do we start to fret? How often do we let our worries and fears take control? One thought leads to another, until we are sure that either the worst thing happened or it is about to happen. We throw our own kind of fit. We can’t think straight, for our brains are filled up with the, “What if’s.”
We decide that the worst has happened and we plot our in our brains what we will do. We fret some more because of not being exactly sure of what we will do. If we do this, will that lead to another problem? The “What If’s” , keep us from eating or sleeping, or they make us eat too much. We need something to do while letting our imagination go fast forward with worry!
How often do we go through all that fear and worry and it turns out to be nothing?
Oh yes, like little llama, we sometimes create our own drama.
Next time you feel yourself giving into your worries and fears, think of the words of little llama’s Mama.
“baby llama, what a tizzy…please stop all this llama drama”
Take your worries and fears and as in the words of Elsa, from the movie Frozen, ” Let it go..let it go.” My 2 year old’s LOVED the movie Frozen and every day, a couple times a day, we would play that song in the classroom. May I have started to go a little crazy in hearing that song so many times? Well, that’s another story. 🙂
Go have a beautiful day and do the best you can at letting your fears and worries go! It can be hard, believe me I know! But it really doesn’t do us any good to keep hold of them. We will find ourselves much happier holding onto the pleasant things instead! Don’t let our fears and worries crowd them out.