Ahhh… Shakespeare. Who doesn’t enjoy a good Shakespeare reference? “To be or not to be, that is the question.” This quote from Hamlet is one of the most famous quotations in world literature today. Can you imagine the awe William Shakespeare would feel if he could see the significance of his works in our society after over four (4) centuries? I’d venture to say he would be astonished. I know I would be if people were still reading my blogs after 400 years. LOL
Anyway… as I was driving back home this morning after my workout, I noticed several people along the way watering the roads. Yes, you heard me correctly; they were watering the roads! As often happens for me here in Costa Rica, I smiled and thought “I love this place?”
Do you ever wonder what habits, thoughts, and lessons your kids are TRULY picking up from you? I know my wife, Jodi and I think about this a lot. Matter of fact, I can remember vividly when our daughter, Sage, was a toddler and we were “teaching” her about right and wrong, do’s and don’ts, the good, the bad, the ugly… you know, the typical parenting stuff you read in What To Expect: The Toddler Years. Well… let’s just say if we had more time to think BEFORE we acted we might have handled this particular situation a tad bit differently. After our failed parenting session, I said to Jodi, “I think we just gave Sage some good stuff for her first therapy session. Forget the college fund; we need to setup a therapy fund.” Of course we chuckled at each other and committed to improving ourselves so this would not happen again.
As Sage has moved into her upper elementary years, there’s a whole new set of rules for parenting. Who knew? Maybe you did, but we sure did not. NOW…
“OH thE wAys And dAys wE will stAnd in A linE, WE will stAnd in A linE TimE AftEr TimE.” Sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, doesn’t it? Take just a moment and think about ALL THE TIMES you have stood in a line… Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! …which IS actually a REAL Dr. Seuss book and one of my favorites because it contains one of Dr. Seuss’s solid-gold morals, the joy of letting one’s imagination rip.
OK… the cat’s out of the bag (no pun intended), NOW you all know where I get my inspiration… from Dr. Seuss and lots of caffeine. Which reminds me… if you want to have some fun at a party, pull out a Dr. Seuss book and read it aloud as fast as you can. Trust me… belly laughing will ensue.
Let’s get back to standing in lines. Seriously now, just take a moment and think about ALL THE TIMES you have stood in a line… just waiting. Here are a few that came to MY mind.
They all have children who go to Del Mar Academy – my daughter, Sage’s, new school here in Nosara, Costa Rica. I don’t know about you, but growing up in Ohio, if someone showed up at our school from Kentucky… now THAT was a big deal. So for us, meeting people from around the globe is very surreal and exciting.
Sage’s First Day of School
My daughter is an extremely outgoing, fun-loving, intelligent person with a great sense of humor and a tad bit of shyness. IMHO, she has the perfect blend of humility and confidence that makes her the kind of kid that everyone wants to be around. Being an only child, she has been around adults quite a bit and so she has developed an uncanny knack for adapting to any situation we put her in. I wish I could have been as enthused about meeting new people at the age of 9.