Katie Munnik, a writer and mother was preparing to do some laundry. It was time to wash the winter coats and that meant going through the pockets of her four-year-old's pockets. What she found was a wonderful glimpse into the mind of a child.
After discovering an array of trinkets and collectible, Munnik laid them out on a table and took a photo. She posted the picture to Twitter with the caption:
Found in the pockets of a four-year-old's winter coat before washing.
Included in the findings were a Pokemon card, a toy snake, multiple twigs, a bottle cap and for some reason known only to her son, an old rind from a Satsuma because you never know when you may need that.
Parents immediately understood.
My son at same age used to collect bottle caps. Always found them in his pockets too. Eventually could cover half his room floor with a mosaic of them.— Sherida C (@SheridaCharles) April 25, 2018
Our small human has a similar collection. Also in the backseat car door handles. And on every horizontal surface in our home.— Feed the Funny Wolf (@FeedFunnyWolf) April 25, 2018
I love this so much. Treasures carefully chosen and pocketed.— Karen Robinson (@km50robinson) April 26, 2018
Good to see the proof of a child getting out into the wide world and not plonked in front of tv— PILGRIM 1982💚 (@pdemmett) April 26, 2018
The world is there to find and discover
I literally have the same pile sitting on my dining room table for the same reason.— Sheri Hebdon (@sherihebdon) April 24, 2018
There were also suggestions for art projects.
Don't think I've ever grown out of this... It's tradition to bring something home in our pockets when we go on holiday... Interesting rocks, sticks, seashells & an obligatory disco ball. Here's our (very edited) collection #adventuretreasure pic.twitter.com/WuMrPUz9YC— Rach McCafferty (@rachlikesrhythm) April 24, 2018
Perhaps your boy might enjoy making a #NatureTable? Back in my teaching days, the pockets of many of my class would be full of such treasures being brought in for the nature table. I’ve been on a bit of a mission to get them back See #ClassroomNatureTables #BringBackNatureTables— Juliet & the Badger (@JulietandBadger) April 24, 2018
And a recommendation to read Timothy Dan by Irish poet John Sheridan (1903-1980).
We think the poem sums it up nicely.
Is a very rich man
And he keeps all his wealth in his pocket:
Four buttons, a box,
The keys of two clocks,
And the chain of his grandmother Margaret's locket;
A big piece of string
(It's a most useful thing),
A watch without hands,
And three rubber bands,
Five glassy marbles,
Some tail-ends of chalk,
A squeaker that once
Made a golliwog talk,
A broken-down penknife
With only one blade,
And a little toy boat
That his grandfather made.
You'd never believe
(Hearing such a long list)
That there's room in each pocket
For one little fist;
You'd never believe
That the smallest of boys
Could carry so much
In his wee corduroys.
H/T: The Independent