Kindergarten Is Like The Ocean

birthday_balloons“You know, kindergarten is like the ocean. You don’t want to turn your back on it.” — Kindergarten Cop, 1990

If you don’t think that’s true, then I must ask: Have you ever, as a grown-up, attended a birthday party with a dozen-plus kindergartners?  I have.  My nephew’s.  Yesterday.  And I’ve lived to tell about it.

The theme of the party was “Cars.” (Why a car theme? Stay tuned for Part Two.)  The theme, however, could easily have been “LEGO” for all the LEGO toys that guests so generously bestowed on the birthday boy who eats, drinks and sleeps multi-colored building blocks.

In a departure from all things LEGO, my older sister and I bought my nephew something that gives him a glimpse of what his Aunties see and do every day at work.  The gift was a children’s microscope with 100 slides containing various plant and animal specimens.


My older sister explains the microscope and slides to a group of curious kindergartners.

On the way back to the City of Medicine, I received the following email from my younger sister: “Looking at the makings of a feather. He loves it.”


My nephew looks down his new microscope at cells from a dog’s tongue.

In the midst of the crashing waves of life—and kindergarten birthday parties—God’s creation is amazing at every magnification.


My nephew bids farewell to one of his party guests.

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