On a side note, Santa and I are going to have to have a serious conversation about bringing Sweetpea items which contain teeny tiny beads that have a tendency to scatter everywhere and become hopelessly embedded in deep pile carpeting when not properly contained and then even slightly nudged, requiring her mother to spend
So anyhoo... at Christmas time when we were opening all the little packets of different colored Pixos, we discovered that several of the colors, while they looked the same in their original packaging, were actually subtly different shades of the same color. Unfortunately we didn't discover this until after we had dumped the packets out into their allotted sections in the craft box. I spent
So there I was, on my hands and knees, digging Pixos out of the carpet and trying desperately to get them into their appropriate section in the craft box the first time, when I had a bit of an epiphany. It occurred to me how the color issue with the Pixos is similar to people and our stages in life. It seems to me that when we arrive, we pretty much look like everyone else. There is no apparent difference between us. (I'm speaking generally, of course.) Then, after a while, when we are placed in situations which require us to be around/with other people, our differences start to become emphasized. As we grow, many of us make a concerted effort to avoid standing out from the crowd. Anything about us that makes us different is viewed as a bad thing. We just want to "fit in". As we grow older still, we find the need, even the desire, to set ourselves apart from others. We want to be unique, special, remembered. It no longer matters whether we fit in, since just being ourselves, our own special selves, makes us one of the crowd.
Who would've thought children's toys could be so philosophical?