When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where there's a Will, there's a way

I don't think I'll ever have to teach the concept of "critical thinking" to Will; for a little guy, he certainly has some strong opinions about, well, everything.  His mind is constantly analyzing people, places, situations and ideas, and he's not afraid to say exactly what he thinks about them.  (Knowing when it is best to keep quiet is obviously a concept we're still working on.) 

In any given day, I will hear multiple complaints and suggestions from a visibly bothered Will:  his teacher should be more careful not to make mistakes when she types out worksheets, a boy in his class shouldn't act like a teenager because he isn't one, Noah should listen to and answer him more, Matt should get better at pronouncing hockey players' names correctly, I should use more descriptive language when I talk.  (Thanks, Will.  I wasn't aware before that "chicken" is not a sufficient answer to the question "What's for supper?".)  It can be exhausting to live with a child who is so inflexible in his convictions about what is wrong in his world.

You can imagine, then, how pleased I was when Will recently decided to put his extraordinary powers of criticism to good use, and came up with the idea to write this letter, all on his own:


Dear nature's Path Company,

How is 2012?  The New Year for me is awesome.  I eat lots of your cereal such corn-flakes and crispy rice.  I wrote this letter to you to ask if you could please lower the sugar in koala crisp (to 6 grams or under) because my mom won't let me eat them. (Because of the sugar).  I also think you should do it because It will help others to reduce their sugar levels.

Thank you,
                             from:  Will Betik, age, 7


Will mailed off his letter last week and asks me every day when I think the company will send him a reply.  Despite the fact that his determination to make things "right" frustrates the heck out of me some days, I'm really proud of Will.  That boy is going to change the world.

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