Evolution 101

We dance. “Follow the leader” is the song. She knows the choreography from the kindergarten. I ask her if she knows what it means.

-I don’t know! What?

-You have to do what the leader does.

-Leadel? What is the leadel?

-The chief or the boss.

She stops. She doesn’t know what to say and now is thinking. After a few seconds she declare:

-Mama, in our house you are the boss! Not me!

Photo by Jeff Smith

To the educators of the world

Dear all,

You have chosen one of the most difficult and yet most important jobs and you made it your passion and your art. One that you practice all day, with patience, commitment and devotion. It is also the most beautiful job in the world because your role is to shape and prepare for life beautiful and innocent little humans, pure and untouched yet by the ugliness of the world. For them you will always be the first and the most important teacher, the first to guide their journey to the great unknown, the Universe! You are the light in the darkness of not knowing if they are enough or not. Of course they are, but they still need your kind reminder.

To all of you, thanks for all the love and affection you give!

Illustrations by Kevin Henkes

Driving lesson

It’s a sunny but cold morning. We walk in a fast pace to the car, to get warmer. Suddenly she stops and with a happy voice she says:

-Look mama, this is daddy’s car! Can we go with it at kindergarten? Please!!!

-Baby girl, mama doesn’t know how to drive daddy’s car!

-I will show you how, I know!

-You do, don’t you? How come?

-I saw how daddy does it and now I know.

-…

-You go sit in the driver seat, press the button and the lever and you start moving. The car has a sensor and when there is no more space, it will beep. Then you stop, you signal and you go! And you go straight ahead, then you make a right turn, then a left one, you go a little further and you arrive! You park, push the button and get out of the car! See? Is so simple, mama! What do you say? You want to try?

-So simple hah? I don’t have to do anything else…

-Well, you do, of course! You have to put your seatbelt on and then you have to put my seatbealt on and you have to press the pedals. You push the pedals and the car goes vrum, vruuum. You don’t push them, it stops. You want to try, mama?

-I don’t really want. But is a good thing that you know how, if we will ever need you to drive it…

-Mama, I am a child! I cannot drive daddy’s car! Come on, hurry up, is cold and I will be late for today activities.

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Driving lesson

Only the happy hearts go to kindergarten

-Mammy, it is time to wake up!

She mumbles something and turns on the other side.

-It is late dear, if you want to go to kindergarten you have to wake up now.

She sits, with her hair all messy and in the sleepiest voice she says:

-I will go when I will be happy! Right now my heart it’s not happy! My heart tells me that I have to sleep more!

-So, you’re not going to kindergarten today?

-…

-Baby?Are you going or not?

-No!I’m not happy, didn’t you hear me? I cannot go like this, with an unhappy heart!