The decorations are up, the room is filled with balloons and there's glitter everywhere. It's a party and this is the moment they have all been waiting for, the opening of the gifts. The girls reluctantly wiggle back a little, peeling themselves away from my daughter who is relishing this moment of bliss in the middle of her friends. None of them are surprised or confused by those words and I realize this is a concept they have learnt at school. The next minutes become a jumble of wrapping paper, exclamations and soft arguments about who is still in the bubble. I take the role of observer on this one. I watch them and admire how easily they have understood a concept we occasionally still struggle with as adults. The idea of a bubble as a sphere of boundaries. It is a sacred space, vital and essential to our growth and happiness. It protects us from the energy we automatically pick up from each other and allows us to deal with our own emotions without being bombarded by outside information.
Boundaries and personal space can be challenging concepts for certain kids, but everyone understands a bubble.