ELLIOT -age 6
Mumma" said Elliot in the car "why do people have to get old?"
What would you say?
Now before you answer a question like this you have to understand a child's motivation for asking it. No, Elliot was not worried about his parents getting old and dying. He wasn't worried about his grandparents slowing down as they age. He was thinking that he didn't want to be a 'middle' (year 3) at school next year. He hates school and the necessity to sit and be obedient and do what you're told all day. And he knows that next year it'll be harder. And at age 6 he quite often tells me that he wishes he was still at kindy - where he could play all morning and life was just fun.
Caitlin - age 11
Caitlin entered her second karate tournament yesterday - a tri-angular tournament between dojos in Lower Hutt, Wellington and Palmerston North. She was delighted that her all-girl team took a silver medal in the team kata event (a team of three who perform a synchronised kata (set moves). Caitlin was the leader which meant she had to call the moves. Some kids do this in English but she did it in Japanese - because she can!