Thursday, October 11, 2012
One Story -- Many Lessons
You know those stories that you never live down? We were at the dinner table the other night and got to laughing over a story about my daughter Mia, a story that gets told and retold. I’ve probably written about it on the blog, but I can’t remember, so here it is again, with Mia’s permission (accompanied by an eye roll).
When she was in kindergarten, the kids lined up to move through the hallways between the classroom and activities located elsewhere in the school. Every day, someone was chosen by the teacher to be the line leader, which is a big deal when you are in kindergarten.
One day, as the kids lined up, Mia immediately observed that the girl in front was not the chosen line leader that day. The chosen leader was further back in the line, apparently shirking her responsibility. As the line moved forward, Mia was looking back over her shoulder, waving and calling to the girl who was supposed to be in front, and telling her to assume her assigned position (telling her in a somewhat bossy way, as the story was related to me).
As Mia became more adamant (it seems the girl was not at all concerned that some upstart had usurped her role), she was not watching where she was going and tripped over a chair right in front of her, falling flat and getting a bit banged up in the process.
I love this story first of all because I love Mia, and this incident so captures the feisty little pixie that she was. I also love it because it has much to offer upon reflection.
Shall we play a game today? How many lessons can we learn from this simple story?