• A Lesson from Nine-Year Olds

    by  • February 16, 2011 • Life

    I established this blog to give a grey-hair’s view of life, business and writing. Today, I judged 3-minute speeches by my daughter’s Grade 4 class of 9-year olds. These kids taught me a lot about life. Here are a few clues as to why:

    1.  The topics they chose: A Thousand Years from Now, Stereotypes of Islam, I Believe, Protecting the Earth, Parents, A Trip to the Dentist, Water, Animation, What’s so great about Hockey? The students’ content and delivery ran the gamut from serious to hilarious.

    2.  Their diverse heritage: Surnames of Buckles, Clark, Dryer, Karim, Litherland, Okano, Suri, Soltan, Wang, Yang, Zeng. Diversity is the world’s engine of enlightenment.

    3.  Admirable attitudes: Self-confident, enthusiastic, animated, spiritual (without religious overtones) and compassionate. They applauded each of their classmates with a vigor that was as genuine as it was benevolent.

    4.  Preparedness: My daughter had taught these youngsters that those who prepare, succeed. So they practiced, practiced and practiced. And when the time came to deliver their 3-minute discourse to three complete strangers, they were ready to excel.
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    By the conclusion of twenty speeches, I’d gained new insights about Islam, places like the ‘Big Apple’ and the Dominican Republic, Our Planet, Chocolate Overloads . . . and my daughter’s passion for teaching, guiding, understanding and loving these precious souls. Today she made her father proud. There’s truth to the saying, ‘we worry so much about what a child will be tomorrow, that we forget who they are today’.
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    One Response to A Lesson from Nine-Year Olds

    1. Sherry
      February 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      >http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/18/the-ceo-afterlife/?section=magazines_fortune

      beautifully written! loved the colour and the life fo the words!!