I research online to see what little ones like to talk about and hear about. I keep a list of what I cover, and so far I’m doing pretty well. Some of the topics on the various lists give me pause, I must admit. I mean, honestly, I’m just not sure how I would approach bacon, baggy clothes, or blimps. But then I remind myself that I managed to work with topics like Tasmanian devils, zebras, and peppers (all requested topics), and I make myself explore the stranger topics. I love a good poetic challenge.
But then I come across a topic that just sings to the big kid in me, and we’re off. That’s what happened with car washes: I love them. I’d go out and toss a big bucket of dirt on my VW just to go through an automated car wash. Why? The suds and rainbow bubbles, of course! I put my car in park, sit back, and let the magic happen. And, in fact, I love that tiny kids think it IS magic. I’ve gone through the car wash with my grandkids, and their delight with the brushes and suds is contagious. So this was an easy one for me.
I know that allowances can be important to kids, so that was the second topic of this episode. I’ve watched how my kids have dealt with this with their little ones, and I remember trying different ways to give allowances with our kids. And I remember my own parents did it various ways, including taping money to windows they wanted cleaned or a sink that needed wiping down. I had to be sure to say in the episode that not everyone gets allowances, that they happen at different ages, etc.
It’s unusual for me to tackle three topics in one episode, but since we had just talked about rainbows, I decided to write a poem about ‘accidental rainbows,’ those pretty rainbows that appear thanks to mist and sun, prisms, etc. I, myself, am a big fan of the accidental rainbows; I used prisms in my classroom to illustrate a couple of poems. This one was fun to write. So enjoy going through a car wash with us and imagine the rainbow suds and remember how gratifying it was to make a purchase with your very own allowance. And for goodness sake, keep an eye out for those accidental rainbows. ❤️