When our 10-year old is stymied by something, he goes sullen. He casts a somber even snarly shadow-zone beyond the confines of his own little self.
Then . . .
Quickly . . .
He’s off to something else.
He’s building, scheming, playing.
He’s alive with intention again.
What has he just done in those few moments?
He felt where he was thwarted and felt it so fully we felt it.
Then — he erases that reality utterly by casting his mind about for something engaging — he erases the sullen by (playfully) creating anew — where he can.
What a reminder!