Monday, November 4, 2013

Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?


"There shouldn't be a leash on life." --Tess

On Halloween my son invited one of his new middle school friends over to Trick or Treat with us. She is a delightful girl - warm. open, chatty and wicked smart.

I was cutting up apples for their snack and she asked if she could have some peanut butter to go with them. "It doesn't have to be much," she said, "My mom limits me to one tablespoon because she says I'll eat all the peanut butter."

She paused and then spoke words of wisdom I wish I had known when I was her age:

 "But why not eat all the peanut butter? There shouldn't be a leash on life." 

Ah-h-h-h. It was a deep-breath moment for me. I just stood still and breathed in the truth of these words and the truth that they had been missing from my world-view for far longer than was good for me.

I know it is time for me to start living without a leash. Cassie (see above) couldn't agree more. Thanks Tess!

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