Noa and Eden, while jumping up and down “Please please pleeeease can we have a play date?”
Our neighbour, Kate arrives shortly after. “Just find something you girls can play while I work – and no TV.”
In chorus, “What are you working on?”
“Some writing for my blog.”
“What’s a blog?”
Oh boy, I somehow knew I had just opened a can of cyber worms.
“Where do the words go? What’s the internet? How big is it? Does it ever run out? Who reads it? The whole world? Really?” Something I must have said clearly won me a captivated audience.
“What’s it about mommy?” asked Eden in her most endearing voice.
“Hmm, the New Year …and how we can make the most of it… you know, doing our best to listen to our hearts …planning for what we want… stuff like that.”
Noa lit up with enthusiasm, “So if I said something people would listen?”
“I don’t know honey, but if it’s something good you’re saying, it doesn’t hurt to try.”
“I am nearly nine and I know what I would say to help others do good this year” assured Kate.
Here I was struggling to find the right word while these little ones eagerly awaited to spill theirs. So, I ripped three pink papers from the magnetic pad on our fridge and handed them out. I was curious about what they’d say and figured this could be fun. Armed with pretty stationery and glittery pens the girls got to work.
I asked the a few questions to get them going…
1. If you had a magic wand and could learn one new skill this year what would it be?
Noa – I would learn to be magic and talk to animals.
Kate – I’d want to learn how to go to ‘Book Land’.
Eden – I wanna learn how to garden flowers, and swim really, really well.
2. What do you think you’re good at?
Noa – Soccer and reading books.
Kate – Pretty much everything.
Eden – Colouring.
3. What advice would you give others so they could have the best year ever?
Noa – I think people should not litter and they should help the environment. Listen to other people’s ideas and think. Don’t beat up other people. Spread love, be kind and care about others. Never force someone to do something you don’t like. Give others gifts and help everyone feel special. Believe in your lovely dreams. And stop smoking, or if you know someone who does, tell them to stop kindly.
Kate – In general, people should remember to have a good life. I would say, don’t shoplift, don’t bully, don’t blame others when you did something wrong, admit something if it was you. Plant gardens to make the planet more beautiful. Help people who are hurt very badly, and be thankful even if you don’t like the gift you got.
Eden – Go to the park a lot. Say please and thank you. Be nice to animals, don’t bully and don’t steal presents or other peoples’ kids! And if your headband broke and somebody gave you another one, like just the same headband, remember how nice that person is. And if you listen to bad dreams, be careful, maybe they will come. Also, don’t make people eat worms because they’re yucky and that’s really not nice. And never give up. That’s it.
I was right, this was fun and so much better than what I would have said. They may be young but they are packed with wisdom, sweetness and a unique perception that is a treasure to witness. Thank you girls, I’ll keep your generous advice close to my heart as I ring in the New Year.
- 16 Simple Rules for Living a Successful Life (lifehack.org)
- Fresh new blank page (enjoymyadventure.wordpress.com)