Monday, November 14, 2011

NaBloPoMo Advice Column - Day 14 - Sometimes, You Just Have to Ask

The five first grade classes at Connor's school have an inner-grade mail system. On Thursday, Connor received his first piece of mail. I was from P, a girl in his class who seems quite nice.

"Connor i am glad you are in my clos"
This morning, I volunteered in Connor's class. Connor completed the scheduled activity with a few minutes to spare, and so he excitedly ran over to the mailbox to fill his spare time. He grabbed a postcard, looked across the desks to see how to spell P's name, and then wrote on the card:

"P - plees send a note to my" (he meant to write "me" for the last word).

Connor was thrilled to be sending something through the mail system, and definitely a little nervous about it. I thought it could've been a little more meaningful, perhaps telling P. something nice, or asking if she wanted to play with him at recess, or any number of things. But, I guess "sometimes, you just have to ask" for what you want. No need to mince words, I guess.


Building a worldview:
Day 1: Surround Yourself With Brilliant People (though my friend Susan makes a good point that clever is pretty good, too).
Day 2: Whatever, it works.
Day 3: Surround Yourself With Beauty
Day 4: When You Go Through Something New - Drag Someone With You
Day 5: No sweatpants.
Day 6: Embrace the Crazy
Day 7: Listen to Your Friends or Fight Old Fogey-dom. Get out there. Keep experiencing fun, new things.
Day 8: Don't Let Anyone Sell You Short
Day 9: Take a Lesson From Your Child
Day 10: Consume the best chocolate you can
Day 11: Help your neighbor.
Day 12: Take Breaks
Day 13: Establish a Realistic Rhythm


  1. adorable
    ... the beginning of a long friendship maybe

  2. I love that he asked for what he needed. That will serve him very well in life.

  3. Right, Marya! If only we could all do that so easily.

  4. Absolutely! I guess children are more direct in what they want. We, instead, maybe lost it!