Driving home the other day, we had a deep conversation. It went something like this.
Wyatt: Mom, can we add riding the Trax train to our list of summer things to do.
Mom: Yeah, that's a great idea. Where do you want to ride the train to?
Wyatt: Maybe to the children's museum?
Elliott: Or maybe we could just go for a ride?
Mom: Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I guess we have to decide which is more important, the destination or the journey.
Elliott looks at me like I'm speaking a foreign language and Wyatt looks out the window.
Mom: Elliott do you know what I'm talking about? What is a destination?
Elliott: It's the place your going to.
Mom: Okay, Wyatt, what is a journey? (Silent stares out the window)
Elliott: It's the time it takes you to get to your destination.
Mom: Very good, Elliott. So, then what does it mean when I said we have to decide which is more important, the destination or the journey?
Elliott: It means we have to decide if it's more fun to ride the Trax train to a place, or if we want to ride it just for fun!
Mom: Excellent my boy! Very good. So, do you want the destination or the journey?
Wyatt: I want the journey!
Elliott: I think I want the destination!
A funny little conversation with my boys and me. I think that it's pretty telling that Wyatt picked the journey, and Elliott the destination. And, you have to admit that it's pretty cool my kid figured the whole thing out....he's a pretty smart little fart. And #2, I was shocked that Wyatt was even really listening....talk about wanting the journey.