Monday, April 19, 2010

And then . . .

Jumped out of bed this morning to run, got home and started prep for 4H. Evie and I had eye appointments mid-morning. Her eyes are better than perfect (20/15) mine continue to improve so I need new glasses with a weaker prescription-nice!

Scott took the day off to present to our 4H coking project group about wood-fired bread and pizza. We had 30 something people, it was GREAT! All ages were interested and engaged. There were exclamations of awe and delight as folks watched the pizzas poof and cook in mere seconds.

At Aikido Evie received her first degree certificate, she has now attained 12th kyu. She was really excited and proud. I said I would like to frame it and she said, "I know it is just a piece of paper but this certificate really makes me happy and proud." I have a feeling Aikido will be a life-long love for her that will open many doors. She just beams at class.

The Banff Festival of Mountain Films was good, not as good as last year. There was a great film about off-road unicycling and a spectacularly inspiring film about a family's journey across Canada to visit Farley Mowat.

Okay, that was a re-cap, here is my "provoking thought for the day." It astonishes me that people are so surprised when Evie fills out her own paperwork in situations like doctors, registration for events, passport app. etc. I understand that the way our legal system is structured I am responsible for her so I sign as her parent, but why would I fill out the other stuff if she can do it? At the eye doctor today she filled out her health history and all the other paperwork. For "Occupation," she put "kid." For "Interests/Hobbies," she wrote "everything." The administrative person was watching her and smiled and said "thank you very much." Our eye doctor read through everything and said, "I always love talking to you guys." Changing minds about what all humans are capable of--one batch of paperwork at a time.


ItMakesYouSmile said...

As to the last... We also get those reactions regularly. I have observed that the way we live our lives often has the biggest impact on others of anything we could do. No coersion, no proselytizing, just living joyfully, deliberately, and lovingly. I have had many comments from people over the years, and I know that it has made a difference for others. I think that most people are so hungry for some sort of example of how to be powerful in thier own lives that any morsel they come across is treasured.

Thanks for the reminder.

mk said...

Holy cow I love you EVIE! I love the part where you said, "I know it's just a piece of paper but it makes me proud...". That is so awesome. I wish more "adults" had that kind of mindset.

Also, I think that I might have to borrow your occupation next time I go to the doctor. I think putting "kid" in that box, or "pretending to still be a kid" would change my whole outlook.

Evie-- you are holding the number one spot on the list of "Top Ten Coolest Kids I Know". Without a doubt.

denise said...

We get that too. When boys order their own food at restaurants, ask about the menu, fill out forms, or even ask to taste specific cheeses at a cheese counter before buying. People always look to me like, "Is this OK?". Too funny.