When I conceived of the idea for this one- year experiment to Be More Childlike seven months ago, I designated January to study and cultivate the quality of childlike persistence. I figured this would be my hump to get past boredom or discouragement. When you think of persistence, you may think of the dogged inventor searching for a cure, the endurance of a runner, the grit of a start-up entrepreneur, the constancy of a prayerful guru or the indefatigability of a campaign manager. You may not connect childlike to persistent synonyms like perseverance, pluck, stamina and tenacious. But hang out with my four-year old for a few hours and you will get it.
Hadley’s quest for a popsicle began at breakfast this morning. She tried the slip in request while I was distracted. The plea. The rapid-fire ask over and over again. She tried bargaining. I ate my breakfast, now can I have it? She tried pouting and whining. She is not too proud to beg. After a three hour break at a New Year’s Day party, I had long forgotten about her popsicle obsession. Not my daughter. As soon as we got home, the process began all over again starting with a syrupy sweet please mama while batting her eyes.
Instead of coming up with something new, is there something worth trying again?
For this "Sky's the Limit" on what you can learn- The grand daddy of them all. Ever heard the expression? I have, but I didn't know where it came from. Thanks to my amazing, fabulous shining star husband Kenny, I now know that the expression refers to the Rose Bowl. The Grand Daddy of all bowl games- the oldest and most prestigious.