Magazine article Montessori Life

The Last Laugh :)

Magazine article Montessori Life

The Last Laugh :)

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My 7-year-old daughter was looking introspectively at the mirror. I asked her what she was thinking, and she said, "My brain is so weird-it wants to think about me me me all the time, like I am the center of the universe or something! Mummy, Daddy, has that ever happened to you?"

Namrata Srivastava Patil

Sunnyvale, CA

Seeing the sorry state of our house's mudroom, I said to my ó^-year-old son, "Kiefer, the mudroom needs a little attention." He said, "Okay," walked into the mudroom and said, "Hi, mudroom." Not exactly the kind of attention I meant.. .

Eliza Bullock

Lawrence, KS

A few years ago, when I was teaching a class of 5- and 6-yearolds, a child came in and asked to do show-and-tell. He showed a wrapped lollipop and told us that he had taken it from an exhibit at an art gallery that was a pile of lollipops in a corner. The artist's idea was that anyone could come up and simply take a lollipop. The children then proceeded to blow my mind completely by having an intense debate about whether or not such a piece truly constituted art. I just sat back and marveled at the amazing depth of their discussion, which culminated with one 5-yearold saying, "I keep wondering if it's still art when all the lollies have been taken and it's back to being an empty corner."

Emma-Francis Rutherford

Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

I had this exchange recently with my 4-year-old daughter, Glynnis, as we walked home one evening from her big brother Oliver's Cub Scout meeting:

"Mommy, can you carry me?"

"Nope, but you can do it. Dig deep."

"Dig deep?"

"Into your soul for strength, I guess. …

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