the tiny drinking fountain in our room
had been shut off for over 2 years
as a precautionary measure due to covid.
one kinder, a young 3
decided he was going to fix it
fidgeting with it every day
without any tools
looking under it and all around it
pushing the button
day after day
he never stopped trying
one day we came in
noticed it was working
(perhaps a building elf had stopped by after school)
i took our little fixer over to see it
showed him the water coming out
told him he must have finally fixed it!
hard to imagine
the look of shock and joy on his face
to see it working
after all of his hard work
and refusal to give up
the class now celebrates him as a hero
and use the fountain every day
he proudly checks on it often
his face still amazed every time.
“i’m good at figuring out how things work, but I don’t know how this happened.”
-nora roberts, the collector
a family penguin is down, but not out.
“you take a crash, you get back up and next time you succeed and that’s a great feeling.”
*Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder and musician. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder, and has won 10 ESPY Awards.
“jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty,
fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.”
like the day
you stood on the upside-down water table
with your beloved blankie and pacifiier all dirty
a bandaid on your scraped-up foot
mosquito bites itching
an empty bug net
and a turtle with a snapped-off tail nearby
you can’t find your shoes
your diaper is wet
and your shorts are all twisted-up.
and then –
it is the next day
and the sun is shining
you have a fancy cocktail
right in front of you
floating fruit cut in shapes
a special bendy straw
and you are standing
at a table just your size
with your fancy red shirt on
and your smile
is as big as the universe
in an instant
all is well with the world
here’s to you, baby j, as you continue to persevere
and find your way through the world, even after the tough days.
you are a model for all of us.