Life Lesson #1

The other night, MaggiePie and I were aliens. Which pretty much meant a lot of creature-speak, and since we just landed, a lot of pointing at things we didn’t understand, like food, writing utensils, tv … you get the picture.

When Big Alien tried to eat a plastic hamburger patty, Little Alien smiled, gave Big Alien a hug, and asked, “Mommy, are we going to grow up together?”

Her keen powers of observation reinforced my belief that we never stop growing. And, going hand in hand, the belief that if we’re lucky, we never stop learning. Each night on the drive home, I ask MP what she learned in preschool that day.

What would it be like if I asked myself the same question each night?

So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with a lofty goal for the new year — to recognize and write down each lesson learned, no matter how insignificant it may seem. (‘Cause let’s face it, mind-blowing epiphanies don’t happen every day.)

Or at least to try. (Okay, that’s a little more realistic.)

What MP learned at school today:
The Letter R (In Letterland, that’s Robber Red. Yeah, I don’t get it either.)

What I learned at work today:
Just because YOU may think something is the coolest, most outstanding idea in the world doesn’t mean everyone else does. Keep this in mind when you find your enthusiasm dominating the conversation for, oh, I don’t know, 45 minutes or so. (I happened to be the not so enthusiastic party today.) It’s fantastic to be passionate about someting, but be respectful of people’s time.

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3 responses to “Life Lesson #1

  1. That’s an excellent idea, writing down the things she asks. As a father of four, I can tell you that I wished I had done the same thing.

    If you do this, I promise that by the time she is old enough to leave home, you’re going to have an award winning novel on your hands.

    I wish you and your daughter the best.

  2. mommypie

    Thanks Dan – I always have the best of intentions when it comes to recording her “moments” but more often than not, life gets in the way. Encouraging comments like yours inspire me to remain determined NOT to let it happen anymore!

  3. I definitely don’t keep track of Benjamin’s milestones. Well, not as much as I should. It’s so easy to forget the little things when you’re running ragged all of the time!

    Keep these life lessons coming – should be very interesting.

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